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Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction

Details

  • 2 b/w illus. 3 tables
  • Page extent: 552 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.98 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 172/.42
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: BL65.A85 E84 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Nuclear warfare--Moral and ethical aspects
    • Weapons of mass destruction--Moral and ethical aspects

Library of Congress Record

Hardback

 (ISBN-13: 9780521836715 | ISBN-10: 0521836719)

This volume, first published in 2004, offers an interesting perspective on the discussion of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by broadening the terms of the debate to include both secular and religious investigations not normally considered. The volume contains a structured dialogue between representatives of the following ethical traditions: Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, feminism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, liberalism, natural law, pacifism, and realism. There are two introductory chapters on the technical aspects of WMD and international agreements for controlling WMD. A concluding essay compares the different ethical traditions. All the authors address the same set of moral issues and this creates a dialogue both within and across traditions. The debate structure is particularly useful and appealing for pedagogical purposes. The introductory essays on the technical and legal aspects of WMD could easily be used to introduce the subject to students.

• Interesting secular and religious perspectives on topic of weapons of mass destruction • Dialogue structure means that this book could be used in courses on ethics and international relations or ethics of war and peace • Distinguished team of contributors

Contents

Tables and figures; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; Introduction Sohail H. Hashmi and Steven P. Lee; 1. Weapons of mass destruction: a brief overview Susan B. Martin; 2. The international law concerning weapons of mass destruction Paul C. Szasz; Part I. The Original Debate: 3. Realist perspectives on ethical norms and weapons of mass destruction Scott D. Sagan; 4. Realism and weapons of mass destruction: a consequentialist analysis Susan B. Martin; 5. Natural law and weapons of mass destruction C. A. J. Coady; 6. War and indeterminacy in natural law thinking John Langan S.J.; 7. Liberalism: the impossibility of justifying weapons of mass destruction Henry Shue; 8. A liberal perspective on deterrence and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction Michael Walzer; 9. Christianity and weapons of mass destruction Nigel Biggar; 10. Christian apocalypticism and weapons of mass destruction Martin L. Cook; Part II. Expanding the Conversation: 11. Buddhist perspectives on weapons of mass destruction David W. Chappell; 12. Buddhism and weapons of mass destruction: an oxymoron? Donald K. Swearer; 13. Confucianism and weapons of mass destruction Julia Ching; 14. 'Heaven's Mandate' and the concept of war in early Confucianism Philip J. Ivanhoe; 15. Hinduism and the ethics of weapons of mass destruction Katherine K. Young; 16. Hinduism and weapons of mass destruction: pacifist, prudential and political Kanti Bajpai; 17. Islamic ethics and weapons of mass destruction: an argument for nonproliferation Sohail H. Hashmi; 18. 'Do not violate the limit': three issues in Islamic thinking on weapons of mass destruction John Kelsay; 19. Judaism, war and weapons of mass destruction Reuven Kimelman; 20. Between the Bible and the Holocaust: three sources for Jewish perspectives on mass destruction Joseph E. David; Part III. Critical Perspectives: 21. A feminist ethical perspective on weapons of mass destruction Carol Cohn and Sara Ruddick; 22. A pragmatist feminist approach to the ethics of weapons of mass destruction Lucinda Joy Peach; 23. Pacifism and weapons of mass destruction Robert L. Holmes; 24. Pacifism and weapons of mass destruction: the challenge of peace Duane L. Cady; 25. Weapons of mass destruction and the limits of moral understanding: a comparative essay Steven P. Lee; Contributors; Index.

Contributors

Sohail H. Hashmi, Steven P. Lee, Susan B. Martin, Paul C. Szasz, Scott D. Sagan, C. A. J. Coady, John Langan S.J., Henry Shue, Michael Walzer, Nigel Biggar, Martin L. Cook, David W. Chappell, Donald K. Swearer, Julia Ching, Philip J. Ivanhoe, Katherine K. Young, Kanti Bajpai, John Kelsay, Reuven Kimelman, Joseph E. David, Carol Cohn, Sara Ruddick, Lucinda Joy Peach, Robert L. Holmes, Duane L. Cady

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