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War, Torture and Terrorism: Ethics and War in the 21st Century

War, Torture and Terrorism: Ethics and War in the 21st Century

David Rodin (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-17398-8

Oct 2007, Wiley-Blackwell

152 pages

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This collection by leading scholars represents state of the art writings on the ethics of war.

  • Many of the most important and contested controversies in modern war receive comprehensive discussion: the practice of torture, terrorism, assassination and targeted killing, the bombing of civilians in war, humanitarian intervention, and the invasion of Iraq
  • Analytical introduction provides a guide to recent developments in the ethics of war
  • An excellent overview for general readers interested in the current debate and controversies over the ethics of war

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List of Contributors vii

1 Introduction 1

The Ethics of War: State of the Art
David Rodin

2 Luck, Evidence and War 7
Rob Lawlor

3 Defending the Common Life: National-Defense After Rodin 19
Deane-Peter Baker

4 Humanitarian Intervention: Closing the Gap Between Theory and Practice 35
Gillian Brock

5 Iraq: A Morally Justified Resort to War 51
David Mellow

6 Moral Tragedies, Supreme Emergencies and National-Defense 71
Daniel Statman

7 Assassination and Targeted Killing: Law Enforcement, Execution of Self-Defense? 83
Michael L. Gross

8 Torture – The Case for Dirty Harry and Against Alan Dershowitz 97
Uwe Steinhoff

9 Torture, Terrorism and the State: a Refutation of the Ticking-Bomb Argument 115
Vittorio Bufacchi and Jean Maria Arrigo

Index 133

“The authors took obvious care to set out their arguments in as clear a fashion as possible. They are not the kind of philosophers who populate indecipherably intricate sentences with legions of exotic terms. Rather, they practice the disciplined use of facts, ethical theories, legal literature, and even a degree of common sense to arrive at a better understanding of genuinely vital issues. War, Torture and Terrorism could easily be adapted for use in undergraduate philosophy courses. More importantly, it should be warmly welcomed by those members of the lay public who are interested in thinking beyond the limits of sound-bite rhetoric and five hundred word opeds.” (Metapsychology, December 2008)

  • Original essays that truly represent the “cutting edge” of research in the ethics of war
  • Many of the most important and contested controversies in modern war receive comprehensive discussion: the practice of torture, terrorism, assassination and targeted killing, the bombing of civilians in war, humanitarian intervention, and the invasion of Iraq
  • An analytical introduction provides a guide to recent developments in the ethics of war
  • Offers an excellent overview for general readers interested in the current debate and controversies over the ethics of war