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The Ethics of Peace and War

Examines three general theories on the role of ethics in International Relations The ethics of peace and war is one of the central ethical issues in International Relations more generally. This book looks at three general theories concerned with the role of ethics in international politics, focusing on the specific problems of war and armed conflict. The author explores the connections between these three theories - cosmopolitanism, reason of state, and just war theory and pacifism - and puts forward the argument for the appropriateness of cosmopolitanism (with its emphasis on the equal worth of all human beings as the basis for a global moral community) above the other two. It discusses current issues concerning war and armed conflict, changing conceptions of peace and security, the prevalence of internal over international wars, and the increasing emphasis on international humanitarian intervention as a justification for the use of military force.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents; Chapter 1; Introduction; Part 1: International politics and the morality of peace and war; Chapter 2; Political realism and state violence; Chapter 3; Internationalism and the rule of law; Chapter 4; Cosmopolitanism and armed conflict; Part 2: Ethical approaches to peace and war; Chapter 5; Just war and the state; Chapter 6; The politics of pacifism; Part 3: Cosmopolitan strategies; Chapter 7; Post-modern war; Chapter 8; Human security, human rights and human development; Chapter 9; Humanitarian intervention, cosmopolitanism and pacifism; Chapter 10; Peacebuilding and international conflict management; Chapter 11; Conclusion.

About the Author

Iain Atack is lecturer at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin


This is a useful and stimulating book on a topical subject, clear and non-technical enough for a wide range of readers. Political Studies Review This is a useful and stimulating book on a topical subject, clear and non-technical enough for a wide range of readers.

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