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Title:
The just war revisited
Author:
O'Donovan, Oliver.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
ix, 139 pages ; 22 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521831383

9780521538992
Format :
Book

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Central Library BT736.2 .O365 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Leading political theologian Oliver O'Donovan here takes a fresh look at some traditional moral arguments about war. Modern Christians differ widely on this issue. A few hold that absolute pacifism is the only viable Christian position, others subscribe in various ways to concepts of 'just war' developed out of a Western tradition that arose from the legacies of Augustine and Aquinas, while others still adopt more pragmatically realist postures. Professor O'Donovan re-examines questions of contemporary urgency including the use of biological and nuclear weapons, military intervention, economic sanctions, war crimes trials and the roles of the Geneva Convention, international conventions and the UN. His enquiry opens with a challenging dedication to the new Archbishop of Canterbury and proceeds to shed new light on vital topics with which the Archbishop and others will be very directly engaged. It should be read by anyone concerned with the ethics of warfare.


Table of Contents

Dedicatory introduction
1 Just War revisited
2 Counter-insurgency war
3 Immoral weapons
4 War by other means
5 Can war-crimes trials be morally satisfying? 6. Afterword: without authority

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