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'Highly recommended.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

'This is a fine book … it is one to read, and then keep as a reference. I know that I will keep my copy handy so I can get a quick overview of what other philosophers have to say … about a topic.' Nick Fotion, Emory University

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This book presents the basic principles of just war theory, showing how they evolved historically and how they are applied today in the real world of international relations. It will be invaluable for students and other readers interested in the ethical challenges posed by the changing nature of war.

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Pretty good introduction to Just War Theory 11 Mar. 2014
By Jeffrey K. Mann - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Dr. Lee has written a pretty good introduction to Just War Theory in this well-organized and clearly written work. He combines a solid introduction to the theoretical aspects of the topic with plenty of real world examples. It is written at a level appropriate for the college student who wants to learn about the ethics of war, and it would make a fine introductory textbook for a class dealing with that issue. The greatest strength of this book is the outlined structure that Lee used, helping the reader organize the material in her own mind. It is also helpful for anyone wishing to jump to (or skip) certain sections. This would also be quite useful for an instructor who could tell students, "Today we're going to look at section 2.2, 'The origins of the just war tradition.'"

What I was less impressed by was Lee's own politics entering the conversation in subtle ways. For an introduction of this nature, it seemed inappropriate, and sometimes a bit dishonest. While students might not notice the ax he has to grind, he is nonetheless doing so. There were also places where I was disappointed in his analysis. For example, on p. 22, he announces that particularistic pacifism is not "a moral view at all" because it is not "universalistic." This completely ignores approaches to ethics with a long foundation in eastern religion/philosophy as well as Roman Catholicism.

Over all, if one is looking for a good introduction to just war theory, and can remember that Lee is not the final word on the subject, I could recommend this book. I certainly benefited from reading it.
Great Overview of Just War Theory 24 May 2014
By Sally Greene - Published on
Format: Paperback
A must read for an introductory course to morality of war. The text is clear and well-organized allowing for the material to be easily understood.
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Textbook for Philosophy of War Class 18 Dec. 2013
By Richard Wainright - Published on
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Horrible text book. I got an A in the class in spite of Steven P., Lee. Lets play a drinking game and have a shot every time Lee says Jus Ad Bellum.
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