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'With this thought-provoking, incisive and yet wonderfully accessible book, Nick Fotion succeeds in showing that the centuries-old Just War Theory still has its use in our modern world'. Carl Ceulemans, Royal Military Academy, Brussels

'[This book] wrestles with one of the most compelling moral issues of this beginning century ... As always, Professor Fotion writes with conspicuous clarity in examining moral questions. Readers may not agree with some of his analyses and conclusions, but they will have no doubt about his position and his reasons for holding it. His compelling case studies demonstrate both the content of and the process of applying moral constraints on war. He shows us that the way a civilized society fights for survival not only determines whether it wins or loses, but also plays a major role in shaping its future when it wins, an obvious fact frequently forgotten in the urgency of armed conflict'. Colonel Anthony E. Hartle, Professor of Ethics at West Point, USA

"This excellent little book is part of the Think Now series, which according to the jacket notes "offer sophisticated and provocative yet engaging writing on political and cultural themes of genuine concern to the educated reader." If the other works in the series are of a similar standard as this book, then the series looks to be a very worthwhile one... This book is a well-written examination of modern Just War Theory, and well worth the time it takes to read and consider." Stephen Coleman, University of New South Wales, Australia, 2009.

'Nick Fotion's timely book rejects the view of many critics that just war theory is flawed beyond repair or hopelessly outdated...The book offers much food for thought for teachers and students of philosophy and politics. It is written in an accessible and lively way, and will also be of great interest to the general reader'. Igor Primoratz, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, University of Melbourne, Australia

'Fotion's treatment is exceedingly clear and chock full of concrete historical examples that make vivid the principles at stake. The style and content will be accessible and helpful to anyone concerned with these vital issues: the serious undergraduate, the military officer, the policy maker or the seasoned scholar'. Professor J. Carl Ficarrotta, United States Air Force Academy, USA

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Nicholas Fotion is Professor of Philosophy at Emory University, USA. He has published widely on the ethics of military action. He is also author of John Searle in Acumen's Philosopher Now series.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth a read 26 Jun. 2013
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Fotion, whom I have taken multiple classes with at Emory, excels in his knowledge of the Just War Theory. Beyond that, he is able to understand its strengths and weaknesses and is able to develop intelligent feedback regarding the effectiveness and applicability of the principles. Furthermore, the text is easy to read and follow, making the journey into JWT a managable task. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Introduction the the Subject 25 Oct. 2008
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This book will be useful as an entry-level introduction to just war theory. The author presents in methodical fashion the key tenets of just war theory and the many strands of interpretation that surround it. He does a good job of summarising and simplifying the voluminous material that underpin the theory in its present form. The best parts of the book are the range of case studies appropriately chosen by the author to draw out the relevance of different aspects of just war theory. An attempt is also made to re-work the theory for contemporary consumption, taking special reference of the rise of transnational terrorism and asymmetric warfare in recent times.

My main concern with the book, however, lies with its lack of imagination and nuance. The theory and its application are presented in an overly formulaic fashion that simplifies issues too much. The author's proposition of divided the existing theory into two versions for regular and irregular warfare is a solution too superficial for a problem of many dimensions. The writing, although clear, is awkward in places and contributes to the altogether perfunctory feel of the whole book. On these accounts, the book offers little in the way of grappling with contemporary debates on the theory, or with informing decision makers of the ethical implications of their decisions. Nonetheless, it still offers a decent - if superficial - introduction to the subject.
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2.0 out of 5 stars War & Ethics 22 Feb. 2009
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I find the analysis to be rather simplistic and a repeat of the better works of others.
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