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Political violence in the form of wars, insurgencies, terrorism, and violent rebellion constitutes a major human challenge today as it has so often in the past. It is not only a challenge to life and limb, but also to morality itself. In this book, C. A. J. Coady brings a philosophical and ethical perspective to the subject. He places the problems of war and political violence in the frame of reflective ethics. In clear and accessible language, Coady reexamines a range of urgent problems pertinent to political violence against the background of a contemporary approach to just war thinking.Read more
- The moral justification for war, terrorism, and other forms of political violence
- Discusses these matters in the light of contemporary and recent outbreaks of political violence, but also in light of past outbreaks
- Offers a philosophical perspective to bear on these urgent issues of public concern
Reviews & endorsements
"[The book's] topics are bound together by Coady's philosophical subtlety, elegant prose style, and sharp eye for ethical puzzles and ambiguity. And he clearly offers serious ethical evaluations of different issues surrounding the ethics of force...It is a significant achievement, even if there are places where one might differ."
--Perspectives on Politics, Nicholas Rengger, St. Andrews UniversitySee more reviews
"Coady has a good command of the growing literature on the philosophy of war and related issues of violence. His work is well-researched and clearly written. It represents a major contribution to the understanding of violence in its many permutations in the modern world."
--Robert Holmes, Analysis
"In Morality and Political Violence, (Coady) has produced a major work, characterized by an abundance of good sense and acute argument....I have no hesitation in recommending Morality and Political Violence. It deserves to replace the hitherto standard work, Michael Walzer's Just and Unjust Wars, as the first book to consult about the morality of warfare."
--David Gordon, The Mises Review
"Tony Coady's large and insightful book on political violence is an important and welcome event....(he) has delivered an important work of moral philosophy, which admirably demonstrates the relevance of such philosophy to policy practices relating to security, war and peace."
--Anthony Burke, The Australian Journal of Political Science
"This book is a fine demonstration of how one must be open to and engaged with a range of views, even when at odds with them. Similarly, Coady's moral seriousness is exemplary."
--Anthony J. Langlois, The Australian Book Review
“…shows more awareness of the detailed issues than many other such books and may well be the best treatment of its kind yet written.”
--Thomas Hurka, The Philosophical Review
"This is a comprehensive discussion of political violence and the morality of war. Each of its fourteen chapters treats a major topic with insight and analytical rigor."
--Bruce M. Landesman, Philosophy in Review
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- Date Published: October 2007
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521560009
- length: 332 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.66kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Staring at armageddon
2. The idea of violence
3. Violence and justice
4. Aggression, defence, and just cause
5. Justice with prudence
6. The right way to fight
7. The problem of collateral damage
8. The morality of terrorism
9. The immunities of combatants
10. Morality and mercenary warrior
11. Objecting morally
12. Weapons of mass destruction
13. The ideal of peace
14. The issue of stringency.
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