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Editor: Thom Brooks
Just War Theory raises some of the most pressing and important philosophical issues of our day. When is a war a just war, if ever? Do all soldiers in war have moral equivalence? What is the difference between combatants and non-combatants? This book brings together some of the most important essays in this area written by leading scholars and offering significant contributions to how we understand just war theory. The essays have all appeared in the Journal of Moral Philosophy, an internationally recognized leading philosophy journal.

- ferent assessments have been proff ered regarding its status within classical just war theory. 1 Some maintain that “a blanket prohibition on preventive action” has been the dominant view among just war theorists. 2 Others, by contrast, hold that considerable support can be found within the just war

In: Journal of the History of International Law / Revue d'histoire du droit international
Author: Anya Topolski

While there may be nothing new under the sun in terms of warfare, there are two new trends in the post-Cold war era that are strikingly at odds with each other: the resurgence of just war theory and the increase in UN led peacekeeping operations. On the one hand, there has been an explosion of just war theory since 9/11 because of the crisis of the nation state seeking to find new rhetoric to legitimate violence, while on the other hand, peacekeeping, in its UN Blue beret guise, has had over fifty new UN peacekeeping missions since the 1990s. These two trends seem to work against each other not only in theory but also in practice. Because of the relatively new appearance of peacekeeping missions, there has been a lacuna in the need to develop a distinct theoretical ground – one which both challenges the theoretical foundations of just war theory but also one which rehumanises the military’s mission. It is my contention that the norms of just war theory are unsuitable for peacekeeping activities and that there is an urgent need to seek new practices for the latter. According to Julian Lindley-French of NATO, ‘The distinctions between peacekeeping, peacemaking and warfighting are becoming rapidly meaningless in the context of a ‘three-block’ war, that is war involving humanitarian activities, stabilisation and high-intensity war fighting’. If...and I mean to stress if, there can be a difference between war and peacekeeping, this difference is lost in the fog of peacekeeping and its paradoxically normative basis in just war theory.

In: At War for Peace
Author: Chris Fraser

early Chinese views and to situate them with respect to later, international discourse on the ethics of war, the article briefly explores the extent to which they overlap with justifying conditions widely accepted in contemporary just war theory. The Mohists initiated a discourse on the moral

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In: Journal of Chinese Military History
Author: Boris Kashnikov

1 Introduction I have come to believe that the so-called ‘just war theory’, 1 as applied today, rests on a number of faulty assumptions, which render the theory less than valid as a moral theory of peace and war. In today’s globalized world the just war theory fails as a universal system of moral

In: Jus Post Bellum
Author: James R. Walker

normative analysis of how its states and their militaries ought to engage with these conflicts and those living within them. This normative framework, Just War Theory, in one of its most recent instantiations specifies the notion of a “just war” in terms of the aim to liberate oppressed peoples from the

In: Civility, Nonviolent Resistance, and the New Struggle for Social Justice
Author: James R. Walker

normative analysis of how its states and their militaries ought to engage with these conflicts and those living within them. This normative framework, Just War Theory, in one of its most recent instantiations specifies the notion of a “just war” in terms of the aim to liberate oppressed peoples from the

In: Civility, Nonviolent Resistance, and the New Struggle for Social Justice
Author: William H. Shaw

limit how many of them can be killed to save one person even though they are all liable. Although frequently attacked, the doctrine of double effect is a staple of traditional just war theory. Draper spends a chapter criticizing it and some related principles. This leaves the essential task—if war is

In: Journal of Moral Philosophy
In: Global Challenges: Peace and War
Author: Daniel Statman

contractualist view of killing in war has an advantage over other candidates in explaining how wars might be fought justly. Keywords just war theory , self-defense , proportionality , contractualism After years of disregard, questions regarding the meaning of the proportional- ity condition and its application

In: Journal of Moral Philosophy