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Introduction: A New Look at an Old Tradition

David Fisher

in Morality and War

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199599240
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725692 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599240.003.0001
Introduction: A New Look at an Old Tradition

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The book addresses three challenges to just‐war thinking. First, how can a theory developed in medieval Christendom guide our thinking about war in a predominantly secular and increasingly morally sceptical twenty‐first century society? Second, how can a theory developed for the guidance of medieval princes offer help to ordinary service people, including the ‘strategic corporal’ whose tactical decisions may have strategic significance? Third, how can we ensure politicians and service people are not only familiar with just‐war thinking but behave justly. To answer these challenges the book develops in Part One a framework for moral reasoning—called virtuous consequentialism—that seeks to furnish a rationale for moral principles in general and the just‐war principles in particular and also a guide to their application in practice. The just‐war principles, so reinforced, are put to work in Part Two to answer contemporary security challenges.

Keywords: Christendom; scepticism; security challenges; strategic corporal; princes; just‐war principles; virtuous consequentialism

Chapter.  2958 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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