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Ethics, Killing and War Paperback – February 24, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0521455534 ISBN-10: 0521455537
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"...this is a patient, fair-minded argument that blends careful moral analysis with pertinent illustrative references to recent events, such as the Falklands War and the Gulf War. Norman's is an excellent book and an important contribution to the ethical analysis of war." American Political Science Review

"This book makes important contributions to the contemporary debates on euthanasia and abortion, as well as the morality of war." Canadian Philosophical Reviews

"...I found that the book has interesting things to say on a number of points. Both scholars and undergraduates can benefit from thinking about and responding to the arguments Norman presents." Kenneth W. Kemp, Ethics

"A provacative and wide-ranging philosophical essay questionning the morality of war....An interesting read for students of moral philosophy, just-war thought, and pacifism." Timothy M. Renick, Religious Studies Review

"...raises some very important questions about the right of national self-defense and the so-called just war theory". Choice

"...provacative and wide ranging essays philosophical essay questioning the morality of war." Timothy M. Renick, Religious Studies Review

Book Description

Can war ever be justified? Why is it wrong to kill? This examination of rational moral argument uses practical examples, such as the Gulf War and the Falklands War, to show that although moral philosophy can offer no easy answers, it sheds light on many pressing contemporary problems.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (February 24, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521455537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521455534
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,187,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "venator11" on July 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Professor Norman provides a clearly written examination of killing and war that complements very well Michael Walzer's Just and Unjust Wars.
Norman offers useful and precise descriptions of the modern theories of war and the relevant ethics, but he also takes the reader into a good critique of those theories; his style makes the difficult aspects and implications of the theories easy to understand. Ultimately he presents 'no solution' to war, fearing that moral deadlocks that may arise can be insoluble. Many may disagree with his conclusion but none should be disappointed with the six in-depth chapters he presents.
A useful companion for those interested in general ethics as well as just war studies and pacifism.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
I will start with what Norman does well: He presents a range of theories an discusses potential problems with them.
Whew! Now, on to what Norman fails to do:
He fails to present any cohesive final arguement.
He interjects many personal opinions as common knowledge, saying "we think", when he really means "I think." I can understand if he thinks that everyone thinks the same way as him then his book will be logical. It is not.
After presenting potential problems, he often makes a statement with no logical basis.
Ultimately, Norman fails to present anything worthwhile, and this makes the book ultimately so frustrating. I had to read the book by constantly flipping back to see how he reached his conclusions, but to no avail. He chips away at some of the foundations for just war theories, but fails to present any reasonable arguement in its place.
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