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Published: 23 October 2014

374 Pages


ISBN: 9780198725831

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Chapter 1

In Defence of War

Nigel Biggar

  • Provides a succinct account of the logic, strengths, and weaknesses of religious and non-religious pacifism.
  • Reasserts the complex moral reasoning of the early Christian just war tradition from Augustine to Grotius against the exclusive rights-talk of liberal just war thinking.
  • Explains how to order the use of the various criteria of just war, so as to produce a coherent final judgement.
  • Includes painstaking analysis of the 2003 Iraq invasion, concluding that it was justified - on its tenth anniversary in 2013.
  • Contains a moral analysis of Britain's involvement in the First World War, concluding that it too was justified - on the eve of the centenary of its outbreak in 1914.