War, Responsibility, and Law Enforcement


in War and Self-Defense

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199257744
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601811 | DOI:
 War, Responsibility, and Law Enforcement

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This chapter argues that military action against an aggressive state may be justified as a form of law enforcement rather than self-defence. The establishment of something like a minimal universal state is needed for such a justification to be effective. It is also argued that the justification of any form of military action requires a moral explanation of why the soldiers against whom one fights are appropriate objects of violence.

Keywords: law enforcement; self-defence; Just War Theory; responsibility

Chapter.  11312 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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