In Defence of War

Description

Pacifism is popular. Many hold that war is unnecessary, since peaceful means of resolving conflict are always available, if only we had the will to look for them. Or they believe that war is wicked, essentially involving hatred of the enemy and carelessness of human life. Or they posit the absolute right of innocent individuals not to be deliberately killed, making it impossible to justify war in practice. Peace, however, is not simple. Peace for some can leave others at peace to perpetrate mass atrocity. What was peace for the West in 1994 was not peace for the Tutsis of Rwanda. Therefore, against the virus of wishful thinking, anti-military caricature, and the domination of moral deliberation by rights-talk In Defence of War asserts that belligerency can be morally justified, even though tragic and morally flawed.

Details

Author(s)
Nigel Biggar
Format
Paperback | 374 pages
Dimensions
157 x 235 x 20mm | 502g
Publication date
23 Dec 2014
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication City/Country
Oxford, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations
ISBN10
0198725833
ISBN13
9780198725831
Bestsellers rank
508,783