Arguing About War by Michael Walzer
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Michael Walzer is one of the world's most eminent philosophers on the subject of war and ethics. Now, for the first time since his classic Just and Unjust Wars was published almost three decades ago, this volume brings together his most provocative arguments about contemporary military conflicts and the ethical issues they raise. The essays in the book are divided into three sections. The first deals with issues such as humanitarian intervention, emergency ethics, and terrorism. The second consists of Walzer's responses to particular wars, including the first Gulf War, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. And the third presents an essay in which Walzer imagines a future in which war might play a less significant part in our lives. In his introduction, Walzer reveals how his thinking has changed over time. Written during a period of intense debate over the proper use of armed force, this book gets to the heart of difficult problems and argues persuasively for a moral perspective on war.

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Published June 10, 2004 by Yale University Press. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Walzer (Just and Unjust Wars ) collects previously published pieces from the last 15 years that dramatize and discuss the ethical dilemmas of military intervention in emergency situations, after terrorism and during foreign civil wars.

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London Review of Books

According to Nye, ‘the national interest is simply what citizens, after proper deliberation, say it is.’ Even if we assume that citizens are routinely given the opportunity to ponder the national interest, the fact is that they seldom, if ever, reach a conclusion about it.

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The New York Review of Books

The traditional theory of the just war covers three main topics—the cause of war, the conduct of war, and the consequences of war.

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The New York Review of Books

Perhaps, given her dazzling multiplicity of functions, it is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor who is in communion with the Catholic Church at the Chicago Divinity School, while the Elshtain of the Department of Political Science shows up noncommunicating with the Church, and her Internatio...

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