The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings

Edited Volume

Reichberg, Gregory M.; Henrik Syse; & Endre Begby, eds, (2006) The Ethics of War: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Oxford.

The Ethics of War is a much-needed anthology. The book addresses issues both timely and age-old about the nature of war.

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REVIEWS: "This superbly edited and thoughtfully organized collection brings together all of the essential texts of the just war tradition in one single volume. An outstanding achievement!" George R. Lucas, Jr., U.S. Naval Academy "A unique and extremely well-done collection of essays culled from every period of Western history - some of which were previously unavailable in English. This is an important anthology, one that should be read and re-read by any serious student of the perennial ethical problems of warfare." Carl Ficarotta, US Air Force Academy "This magnificent volume allows readers both to learn about the past and from the past. It will be of great value to historians, while those who are concerned with the burning current issues of just war will appreciate the depth of analysis of their predecessors." Jon Elster, Collège de France

When is recourse to arms morally justifiable? What moral constraints should apply to military conduct? How can a lasting peace be achieved? PRIO researchers Gregory Reichberg and Henrik Syse have edited this book together with Endre Begby, formerly at PRIO. Over the past two and a half millennia a sunstantive body of ethical reflection has emerged in response to these and similar questions. This volume offers a collection of essays by classic and medieval philosophers, as well as thinkers of the modern age. Never before have such seminal texts on the ethics of war been gathered together in a single volume. Expertly introduced by the editors, and including marginal notes for guidance, The Ethics of War is an indispensable resource. The Ethics of War is an indispensable collection of texts addressing issues both timely and age-old about the nature and ethics of war. * Features texts by great thinkers from ancient times through to the present day, among them Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Grotius, Kant, Russell and Walzer. * Includes editorial introductions which situate these texts within their proper historical and philosophical context. * Examines timely questions such as: When is recourse to arms morally justifiable? What moral constraints should apply to military conduct? How can a lasting peace be achieved? * Will appeal to a broad range of readers interested in morality and ethics in war time.

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Authors

Gregory M. Reichberg

Gregory M. Reichberg

Research Professor

Henrik Syse

Henrik Syse

Research Professor. Editor, Journal of Military Ethics

Endre Begby

Endre Begby

PRIO Global Fellow