The Ethics of War. Part I: Historical Trends

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Reichberg, Gregory M.;Syse, Henrik; & Begby, Endre (2012) The Ethics of War. Part I: Historical Trends , Philosophy Compass 7(5): 316–327.

This article surveys the major historical developments in Western philosophical reflection on war. Section 2 outlines early development in Greek and Roman thought, up to and including Augustine. Section 3 details the systematization of Just War theory in Aquinas and his successors, especially Vitoria, Suárez, and Grotius. Section 4 examines the emergence of Perpetual Peace theory after Hobbes, focusing in particular on Rousseau and Kant. Finally, Section 5 outlines the central points of contention following the reemergence of Just War theory in the 1970s.

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Endre Begby

Endre Begby

PRIO Global Fellow

Gregory M. Reichberg

Gregory M. Reichberg

Research Professor

Henrik Syse

Henrik Syse

Research Professor. Editor, Journal of Military Ethics

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