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Introduction

DAVID RODIN

in War and Self-Defense

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199257744
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601811 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199257744.003.0001
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This introductory chapter discusses the rationale behind the arguments on self-defence presented this volume, specifically, self-defence as a moral response to war and aggression. It is argued that a coherent explanation of self-defence can be constructed around the idea of personal rights. However, the attempt to build a justification for war on the conception of self-defence faces significant obstacles and ultimately fails.

Keywords: self-defence; war; aggression; personal rights; moral right; consequentialism

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Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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