Introduction: Moral Theory and the Idea of a Just War
To begin the reappraisal of just war theory, it is helpful to gain a sense, albeit brief and partial, of how it has evolved to date. I shall thus say something about the history of the just war tradition in the West. To orient the subsequent discussions I then formulate one particular version of the theory, which I believe represents its most sympathetic contemporary exposition. As stressed in the preface, it must not be thought that the contributors to this book all accept my formulation or even the tradition in general. But the stated version will function to highlight both the almost generic features of the doctrines within the tradition as well as certain particular features that, I argue, may be included to remedy the defects of some alternative statements of the theory.
KeywordsSecurity Council Moral Theory Final Chapter Moral Criterion Legitimate Authority
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