The Just War Revisited

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 16, 2003 - Philosophy - 139 pages
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Leading political theologian Oliver O'Donovan takes a fresh look at some traditional moral arguments about war. Christians differ widely on this issue. The book re-examines questions of contemporary urgency, including the use of biological and nuclear weapons, military intervention, economic sanctions, and the role of the UN. It opens with a challenging dedication to the new Archbishop of Canterbury and proceeds to shed light on vital topics with which that Archbishop and others will be very directly engaged. It should be read by anyone concerned with the ethics of warfare.
 

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Just war revisited
1
2 Authority
18
3 Discrimination
32
4 Differences of proportion
48
Counterinsurgency war
64
Immoral weapons
78
War by other means
95
Can war crimes trials be morally satisfying?
109
Afterword without authority
124
Index
137
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Oliver O'Donovan is Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church, University of Oxford. He is the author of The Problem of Self-Love in Saint Augustine (1980), Begotten or Made (1984), Peace and Certainty: A Theological Essay on Deterrence (1989) Resurrection et l'Expérience Morale (1992), On the Thirty-Nine Articles: A Conversation with Tudor Christianity (1993), Common Objects of Love (2002).