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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415492408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415492409
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'This book exhibits the greatest virtue of an introductory text by demonstrating just how rich and complex a subject can be, without leaving the reader feeling alienated or unqualified to critically comment. … should be required reading on any university course on the subject and indeed for anyone with an interest in thinking clearly and deeply about war and violence.' - Jonathan Parry, Journal of Moral Philosophy

'... admirably introduces newcomers to the complex debates of contemporary philosophers whose arguments do help shape the policy and practice of warfare today. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students; practitioners and general readers.' - CHOICE

'[A] real gem ... Helen Frowe deserves to be praised for making philosophy accessible, relevant and exciting. Next time I teach a course on just war theory, this is the textbook I’ll be using.' - Political Studies Review

'For many years Michael Walzer’s Just and Unjust Wars provided the paradigm for philosophical thinking about the ethics of war. But this paradigm has recently come under attack, most notably from Jeff McMahan’s Killing in War … It is in this polemical context that Helen Frowe has produced this valuable survey of recent debates on the ethics of war. … Frowe’s book is an admirable introduction to the way in which the ethics of war is currently discussed by the majority of philosophers.' – Paul Gilbert, Mind

'Frowe’s book does exceptionally well in laying out the current debate between those who defend the traditional view of just war theory and those who criticize it. … By examining the debates found in Frowe’s book, readers see that the ethics of war involves a continuing dialogue that they can become part of by reading the book. … a great addition to the discourse on the ethics of war…' - Lieutenant Colonel Chris Mayer, Journal of Military Ethics

'The Ethics of War and Peace is an ideal introduction to debates in contemporary just war theory. It is accessible, lucid, and comprehensive in its coverage of the central issues. As one of the foremost writers on the ethics of war, Frowe here not only surveys and authoritatively explains the debates but also enters them, making original, insightful, and important contributions of her own.' - Jeff McMahan, Rutgers University, USA

'A tour de force, which engages in a fascinating discussion of the complex moral and ethical dilemmas associated with just war theory. Especially noteworthy is the discussion of the morality of terrorism, particularly in view of the killing of Osama bin Laden. The book succeeds brilliantly in setting out the major issues involved in the contemporary debates about just war theory and in revising the orthodox school as represented by Michael Walzer.' - Robert Weiner, University of Massachusetts – Boston, USA

'This is a thorough introduction to contemporary philosophical debates relating to the ethics of war and peace that should appeal to philosophy students and may be adopted by courses in that field. It is well written and argued in a good philosophical style.' – Alex Bellamy, The University of Queensland, Australia 

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Helen Frowe is a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent, UK, and was previously a lecturer and Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield, UK.

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By Johanna Ohlsson on 25 Nov. 2014
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on 3 Oct. 2013
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Helen Frowe has produced a brilliant introductory work here in the field of war ethics. She has covered all the basics necessary to get your teeth into this subject. I'd highly recommend it to everyone who realises the importance of morality in an ever-increasing hostile world.
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A Balance Account for an Individualist Perspective 24 Sept. 2014
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Helen Frowe's The ethics of war and peace: an introduction (2011) is written as a classroom text. Still, for the general reader, it is also a good introduction to recent academic controversies in the philosophy of just-war, including two chapters on terrorism and one on jus post bellum. The general reader will find the book useful because one of its strengths is balance. Frowe never hides her personal opinion; yet, she is meticulous in presenting all three or four sides of any controversy.
The school of which she is a part sees the principal moral dilemma of war as the killing that occurs. In response, the school takes a broadly individualist approach that is informed by a utilitarian (cost-benefit) ethos. As a result, this school believes strongly that an analogy can be made between aggression and a right to self-defense by individuals and international aggression and a national right to self-defense. That which holds for the one also holds for the other, mutatis mutandis. This approach means that the legitimacy or illegitimacy of front-end decisions is determined largely by the backend consequences and harms.
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