Conclusion: Morality and Realism


in War and Self-Defense

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780199257744
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601811 | DOI:
 Conclusion: Morality and Realism

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This chapter presents a synthesis of discussions in the preceding chapters. It argues that a detailed analysis of the concepts of self-defence and national-defence can help identify and prevent the abuse of these concepts by politicians. By locating the conditions which can justify military action, we can identify the forms of military action which are, if not perfectly justified, close to being just compared to others. The need to rethink for traditional conceptions of international law and international ethics is also raised.

Keywords: self-defence; international aggression; Just War Theory; national defence

Chapter.  4557 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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