Clark Ian

in Waging War

Published in print April 1988 | ISBN: 9780198273257
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684012 | DOI:

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This concluding chapter argues that it should be the objective of a practical philosophy to devise an understanding of war in terms of which certain principles of conduct would find their substantial theoretical bases. Those general principles would yield tenets to be observed in the actual waging of war: the philosophical trinity of general concept, precepts, and codes of practice would thus be unified. While the concept of war can contribute to the development of certain gross rules for its conduct, it tends to leave significant areas indeterminate: to say that war must conform to requirements of justice or political limitation sets imperfect bounds upon its execution.

Keywords: philosophy; war; conduct; codes of practice; justice; political limitation

Chapter.  2856 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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