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1. Killing in war [2009]

xii, 250 p. ; 23 cm.
  • 1. The Morality of Participation in an Unjust War-- 2. Arguments for the Moral Equality of Combatants-- 3. Excuses-- 4. Liability and the Limits of Self-Defense-- 5. Civilian Immunity and Civilian Liability.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199548668 20160528
Killing a person is in general among the most seriously wrongful forms of action, yet most of us accept that it can be permissible to kill people on a large scale in war. Does morality become more permissive in a state of war? Jeff McMahan argues that conditions in war make no difference to what morality permits and the justifications for killing people are the same in war as they are in other contexts, such as individual self-defence. This view is radically at odds with the traditional theory of the just war and has implications that challenge common sense views. McMahan argues, for example, that it is wrong to fight in a war that is unjust because it lacks a just cause.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199548668 20160528
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-751-01, LAW-751-01
xxviii, 361 p. ; 21 cm.
  • Against "realism"
  • The crime of war
  • The rules of war
  • Law and order in international society
  • Anticipations
  • Interventions
  • War's ends, and the importance of winning
  • War's means, and the importance of fighting well
  • Noncombatant immunity and military necessity
  • War against civilians : sieges and blockades
  • Guerrilla war
  • Terrorism
  • Reprisals
  • Winning and fighting well
  • Aggression and neutrality
  • Supreme emergency
  • Nuclear deterrence
  • The crime of aggression : political leaders and citizens
  • War crimes : soldiers and their officers
  • Afterword: Nonviolence and the theory of war.
From the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai Massacre, from the wars in the Balkans through the first war in Iraq, Michael Walzer examines the moral issues surrounding military theory, war crimes, and the spoils of war. He studies a variety of conflicts over the course of history, as well as the testimony of those who have been most directly involved--participants, decision makers, and victims. In his introduction to this new edition, Walzer specifically addresses the moral issues surrounding the war in and occupation of Iraq, reminding us once again that "the argument about war and justice is still a political and moral necessity.".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780465037070 20160607
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-751-01, LAW-751-01

3. Arguing about war [2004]

xv, 208 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
  • The triumph of just war theory (and the dangers of success)
  • Two kinds of military responsibility
  • Emergency ethics
  • Terrorism : a critique of excuses
  • The politics of rescue
  • Justice and injustice in the Gulf War
  • Kosovo
  • The Intifada and the Green Line
  • The four wars of Israel/Palestine
  • After 9/11 : five questions about terrorism
  • Five on Iraq
  • Governing the globe.
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.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780300103656 20160527
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-751-01, LAW-751-01