Ethics of War and Peace: An Introduction to Legal and Moral Issues

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This detailed overview and critical, philosophical analysis surveys the historical development of just war reasoning, its incorporation into the international laws concerning when and how to wage war and the specific shortcomings with existing laws and practices concerning the conduct of modern-day hostilities. It examines certain problematic aspects of the international laws of war and the just war tradition such as obedience to superior orders, military necessity and reprisals.

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"This is a very good and useful book for both undergraduate and graduate courses dealing with just war and the ethics of war. It is attractive because it is brief ...but contains a high concentration of substance and encourages class discussions and further explorations in the field." — Fariborz L. Mokhtari, Norwich University




"Soldier-scholar Paul Christopher contributes a significant book, applying philosophical insight to military practice, which resonates meaningfully against the din of the usual pabulum on the subject. An ideal textbook, it's important to the citizen but indispensable to the soldier." — LTC (Ret.) Tim Challans, Associate Professor, Combat Studies Institute, USACGSC




"This text is energetically evaluative ...urging students to tackle real and serious war/peace implications of law and morality." — Louis R. Beres, Purdue University




"I especially appreciate Christopher's historical discussion of the origins [of the Just War tradition in the classical era and the linkage he makes between just war and the development of international law." — Wayne S. Osborn, Iowa State University


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Paul Christopher, a teacher who also served as a commissioned officer for over twenty-five years, has updated his classic, The Ethics of War and Peace. Christopher traces the historical development of just war reasoning, its incorporation into international laws concerning when and how to wage war, and certain shortcomings with existing laws and practices concerning the conduct of modern-day hostilities.

New to this Edition:
  • New chapter on terrorism and war.
  • Revised section on the Just War Tradition and weapons of mass destruction to reflect changes in technology.
  • New section on professional and humanitarian obligations, with special focus on the role of the United Nations.

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