AMINTAPHIL: The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice

Intervention, Terrorism, and Torture

Contemporary Challenges to Just War Theory

Editors: Lee, Steven P. (Ed.)

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Just war theory is the traditional approach taken to questions of the morality of war, but war today is far from traditional. War has been deeply affected in recent years by a variety of social and technological developments in areas such as international terrorism, campaigns of genocide and ethnic cleansing, the global human rights movement, economic globalization, and military technology. This book asks whether just war theory is adequate to the challenges these developments pose. Just war theory provides rules for determining when it is justified to fight a war. But some have argued that the nature of contemporary war makes these rules obsolete. For example, genocidal and aggressive regimes may require the use of military force that is not strictly in self-defense, as just war theory requires. In addition, the theory provides rules for determining what the limits are on justified conduct in war. But the random violence of terrorism and the deliberately inflicted violence of torture seem endemic to our age, yet take us beyond the limits set by these rules of conduct in war. By carefully examining the phenomena of intervention, terrorism, and torture from a number of different perspectives, the essays in this book explore this set of issues with insight and clarity.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Assessing the Prohibition Against Torture

    Kenneth Einar Himma

    Pages

  • A Postmodern View of Just War

    William E. Murnion

    Pages 23-40

  • From Rights to Realism: Incoherence in Walzer's Conception of Jus in Bello

    David Duquette

    Pages 41-57

  • A Realist Response to Walzer's Just and Unjust Wars

    Patrick Hubbard

    Pages 59-71

  • Walzer and Rawls on Just Wars and Humanitarian Interventions

    Rex Martin

    Pages 75-88

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Intervention, Terrorism, and Torture
Book Subtitle
Contemporary Challenges to Just War Theory
Editors
  • Steven P. Lee
Series Title
AMINTAPHIL: The Philosophical Foundations of Law and Justice
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-4678-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-4678-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-4677-3
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7168-2
Series ISSN
1873-877X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 323
Topics