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Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations Paperback – 31 May 1992

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; Revised edition edition (31 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465037011
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465037018
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 841,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book revived interest to just war theory and created influential debate about moral permissibility of war. Walzer develops his own theory about just war theory. It can be summarized as: War is just when it is fought only as a) self-defence b) in order to create country for a nation under foreign rule c) counter-intervention in order to repeal effect of original foreign intervention d) humanitarian intervention to stop grave an widespread human right violations. Walzer stresses also importance of rule of non-combatant immunity. Book is easy to read, without difficult terminology and it has many illustrative historical examples. I recommend this book to all who are interested in morality of war.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 1999
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This is an erudite work examining the philosophical subtelties and ethical issues that war evokes. Any one seriously interested in war, applied ethics, political philosophy, and international relations should be familiar with the arguments Walzer uses. The historical examples are standard dilemmas and problems which are useful in class discussions in philosophy as well as history. The only critique I have of the book (which I often use for my own philosophical writing) is that Walzer's ethical examination of war ends with nuclear war--in this I think he is wrong, we should not stop our analysis even with the nightmare scenario of a holocaust, for that is to give the moral hand over to those who would use nuclear arms. The book is challenging and insightful and deserves further reprints.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Mar. 1999
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This book is superb. Among other topics, it considers the morality of initiating armed force, the moral limits on the use of force in wartime, and individual responsibiity for war crimes. The writing is very clear and the use of historical examples brings the philosophical discussion down to earth.
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great book, great condition well worth it
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By MENDES Mariana on 12 Dec. 2014
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Fantastic piece.
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