Conclusion: In Defence of Just War Theory

  • Mark Evans


With varying degrees of sympathy and criticism, the chapters in this book have scrutinised some of the key elements of just war theory and have thereby demonstrated how central they have been in arguments about the justification of war and its conduct. Even where they have found serious flaws, one might see from them how the elements in question could still continue to set the terms of such controversies — and the presence of conceptual and practical problems with them may suggest, not that they should be abandoned, but that further work needs to be done to refine them, to render them more robust and workable.


Moral Judgement Moral Theory Moral Consideration Reflective Equilibrium Moral Standing 


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© Mark Evans 2005

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