Wars have negative consequences, not the least impinging on human life, and offer infrequent and uncertain benefits, yet war is part of the human condition. James G. Murphy's insightful analysis of jus ad bellum ("the right of war") is grounded in a variety of contemporary examples from World War I through Vietnam, the "soccer war" between Honduras and El Salvador, Afghanistan, and the Middle East conflict. He shows that only secondarily should the argument about going to war hinge on the right of self-defense; in fact, pursuing the common good requires political action, given that peace is not simply the absence of violence.
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|Size: ||2.8 MB|
|Publisher: ||Georgetown University Press|
|Date published: || 2014|
|ISBN: ||2370007753536 (DRM-EPUB)|
|Read Aloud: ||not allowed|