Just War

Simon Caney

in Justice Beyond Borders

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780198293507
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602337 | DOI:
 Just War

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The aim of this chapter is to analyse a number of prominent views concerning the nature of a just war and, having criticized them, to outline the account of a just war that follows from a cosmopolitan perspective. It explores different philosophical approaches at a general level, analysing their accounts of when war may be waged (jus ad bellum) and how it may be waged (jus in bello). To do this it begins, in Section I, with some methodological observations, and then, in the next three sections (II–IV), examines several leading perspectives on the nature of just war: Sections II and III explore Michael Walzer’s influential treatment of this subject in Just and Unjust Wars (1977), criticizing in particular his account of jus ad bellum and his derivation of rules of jus in bello; Section IV analyses Terry Nardin’s state-centric account of just war in Law, Morality and the Relations of States (1983). The following four sections (V–VIII) turn to more cosmopolitan perspectives: Section V outlines the general structure of a cosmopolitan theory of just war; Sections VI and VII examine particular cosmopolitan accounts of some aspects of just war, analysing utilitarian and deontological approaches; and Section VIII criticizes the utilitarian and deontological accounts given in the previous two sections, outlining an alternative cosmopolitan rights-based approach that avoids the objections levelled against these two theories. Sections IX–XI analyse realist misgivings about both traditional and cosmopolitan conceptions of jus ad bellum (IX) and jus in bello (X); and Section XI summarizes and concludes.

Keywords: arguments for just war; challenges to just war; cosmopolitan approaches; cosmopolitan rights-based approach; cosmopolitanism; deontological approaches; jus ad bellum; jus in bello; just war; Michael Walzer; philosophical approaches; realism; state-centric approaches; Terry Nardin; utilitarian approaches

Chapter.  20993 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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