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Arguing About War
Michael Walzer is one of the world’s most eminent philosophers on the subject of war and ethics. Now, for the first time since his classic Just and Unjust Wars was published almost three decades ago, this volume brings together his most provocative arguments about contemporary military conflicts and the ethical issues they raise.The essays in the book are divided into thre ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 12th 2006 by Yale University Press
(first published 2004)
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Nov 11, 2014 Moad rated it really liked it
Libyan revolution was at one time seen as the lone example of a successful UN intervention (no boots on the ground).But now, four years after the revolution, the murder of Qaddafi and the collapse of his regime, Libya is still undergoing an upsurge in instability. As I write these words, there's a war in my city - Benghazi - between the national army and a coalition of ex-rebels militias and fundamentalists (primarily, Ansar Al-Sharia which follows the same path as ISIS). Some analysts believe i ...more
The more I think about this book, the more I realize that it is immeasurably good when engaging in the discussion of morality and ethics in international relations. The only thing I'd really change is some of the repetitive wordiness, but as far as academic books go, one of the least painful I've had to endure.
This is a pretty good collection of essays analyzing ethical aspects of modern warfare. His Just War is more famous and probably more important, but this book tries to update his theories for a terrorist-centered warfighting era.
Nov 04, 2009 Aziz Krich rated it it was ok
Walzer, here, has made a clear argument. However, although it may be clear, it is by no means sound. Easy to pick apart using either Kantian morality or Utilitarianism. A decent read, Walzer definitely recognises a gap in our framework but fails to fill it.
Michael Walzer is a Jewish American political philosopher and public intellectual. A professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, he is editor of the political-intellectual quarterly Dissent. He has written books and essays on a wide range of topics, including just and unjust wars, nationalism, ethnicity, economic justice, social criticism, radicalism, tolerance ...moreMore about Michael Walzer...