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Published: 03 March 2011

314 Pages


ISBN: 9780199599240

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Winner: W. J. M. Mackenzie Book Prize

Morality and War

Can War Be Just in the Twenty-first Century?

David Fisher

  • Combines unique insights from the author's practical experience as a senior civil servant who has engaged professionally with the issues he addresses and from his academic research in war studies, international relations and philosophy
  • Provides a clear and comprehensive introductory guide to the just war tradition
  • Develops a new framework for ethical reasoning - virtuous consequentialism - that seeks to reconcile deontology with consequentialism and so more accurately capture our moral impulses
  • Addresses key contemporary issues, with robust and engaging discussions in each chapter that can act as stand-alone commentaries
  • Makes a timely call for better ethical training for the military, officials and politicians in the wake of recent scandals, and links the wider themes with the experience of the ordinary serviceperson