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Essays in Political Philosophy


  • Editor: Larry May, Washington University, St Louis
James Bohman, Michael Davis, Marilyn Friedman, Trudy Govier, Cindy Holder, Thomas Hurka, Steven Lee, David Lefkowitz, David Luban, Larry May, Jeff McMahan, Gregory Reichberg, Nicholas Rengger, Nancy Sherman, Kit Wellman
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  • Date Published: August 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521700047

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  • War has been a key topic of speculation and theorising ever since the invention of philosophy in classical antiquity. This anthology brings together the work of distinguished contemporary political philosophers and theorists who address the leading normative and conceptual issues concerning war. The book is divided into three parts: initiating war, waging war, and ending war. The contributors aim to provide a comprehensive introduction to each of these main areas of dispute concerning war. Each essay is an original contribution to ongoing debates on various aspects of war and also provides a survey of the main topics in each subfield. Serving as a companion to the theoretical issues pertaining to war, this volume also is an important contribution to debates in political philosophy. It can serve as a textbook for relevant courses on war offered in philosophy departments, religious studies programs, and law schools.

    • Leading figures in political philosophy in the world address war
    • Comprehensive treatments of conceptual and normative issues on war
    • Original contributions to pressing debates about justification of war
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521700047
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 154 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Historical Background:
    1. Jus ad bellum Gregory Reichberg
    2. Jus in bello Nicholas Rengger
    Part II. Initiating War:
    3. The principle of just cause Larry May
    4. Aggression and punishment Jeff McMahan
    5. Responding to humanitarian crises Cindy Holder
    6. War and democracy James Bohman
    Part III. Waging War:
    7. Proportionality and necessity Thomas Hurka
    8. Collateral damage David Lefkowitz
    9. Weapons of mass destruction Steven Lee
    10. Justifying torture as an act of war Michael Davis
    11. Terrorism: definition, defense, and women Marilyn Friedman
    Part IV. Ending War:
    12. Reconciliation and war's aftermath Trudy Govier
    13. Amnesties and international law Kit Wellman
    14. War crimes: the law of hell David Luban
    15. Revenge and demonization Nancy Sherman.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Applied Topics in Ethics
    • Ethics of War
    • Introduction to Global Peace Studies
    • Just War, Natural Rights and the Law of Peoples
    • Just and Unjust Wars
    • Literary and Philosophical Approaches to War
    • Philosophy and Politics of War
    • Philosophy of War
    • Philosophy on the Front Page: Afghanistan & Just Wars
    • War and Ethics
    • War and Morality
    • War and Peace
  • Editor

    Larry May, Washington University, St Louis
    Larry May is Professor of Philosophy at Washington University in St Louis and Research Professor of Social Justice at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt and Australian National Universities. He is the author of many books, most recently Crimes against Humanity, which won an honorable mention from the American Society of International Law and Best Book award from the North American Society for Social Philosophy, and War Crimes and Just War, which won the Frank Chapman Sharp Prize for the best book on the philosophy of war and peace from the American Philosophical Association.

    Assisted by

    Emily Crookston


    James Bohman, Michael Davis, Marilyn Friedman, Trudy Govier, Cindy Holder, Thomas Hurka, Steven Lee, David Lefkowitz, David Luban, Larry May, Jeff McMahan, Gregory Reichberg, Nicholas Rengger, Nancy Sherman, Kit Wellman

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