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The Ethics of War and Peace: An Introduction to Legal and Moral Issues (3rd Edition) 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0130923837
ISBN-10: 0130923834
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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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A detailed overview and critical, philosophical analysis, this text 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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 3 edition (October 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130923834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130923837
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Brown on February 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
This books gives a concise overview of the law of armed conflict as taught and trained in many western militaries. It traces the rationale of the law of armed conflict in holistic manner under the auspices of Just War. The author gives special attention to the concepts of jus ad bellum (right to war) and jus in bellum (right in war). He goes on to give the foundation of where these ideas came from in Western thought from Plato to the Geneva Convention. He goes on to explain how these concepts apply in modern war against non-state actors and terrorists, the use of nuclear weapons as well as well an officer's role in persecuting just war and the role of the United Nations. The intended audience is military students and people involved in defense policy; particularly in the American view. If you want a more in depth study of these concepts, read the primary sources he lists or find a different book.
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By Khanh Van Nguyen on March 20, 2015
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Interesting but sometimes difficult to understand
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
It would be best to skip this book and instead purchase Regan's Just War. While well intended, this volume is merely an overview of the subject and a superficial one, at that.
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16 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a simple, and simplistic, attempt to review the nature of war as regarded by philosophers and ethicists. It may be that it was written so that the author might offer his students, in an ancient and ignoble practice, an intellectually slim volume as the text for a course. If you need something to lead you to primary sources, this might do. If you want an original take on this subject, or even the hint of perspicacious commentary, look elsewhere.
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1 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2003
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This is a simple, and simplistic, attempt to review the nature of war as regarded by philosophers and ethicists. It may be that it was written so that the author might offer his students, in an ancient and ignoble practice, an intellectually slim volume as the text for a course. If you need something to lead you to primary sources, this might do. If you want an original take on this subject, or even the hint of perspicacious commentary, look elsewhere.
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