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By Bruno Coppieters, Nick Fotion, Ruben Apressyan, Carl Ceulemans, Guy Van Damme, Anthony Hartle, Boris Kashnikov

Simply conflict conception is turning into more and more vital to international locations once they consider and perform struggle. This booklet acknowledges the timeliness of the subject and so seeks, in concrete historic phrases, to accommodate the difficulty of constraining battle at the foundation of ethical ideas.

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In his Politics (reprinted Readings in Western Civilization: 1500 to the Present, ed. George H. Knoles and Rixford K. Snyder [Philadelphia and New York: J. B. ” Actually this statement sounds more like a prescription rather than a description of how things are. In some sense of “should” he thinks the state should not allow a higher authority to make decisions for it. 4. During a visit to Israel in 1995 an Israeli official said to Nick Fotion: “We would have no choice if we were attacked. ” 5. See Joel Rosenthal’s Righteous Realists: Political Realism, Responsible Power, and American Culture in the Nuclear Age (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1991) for a general statement about the ethics involved in the realist position.

As a matter of expediency such a measure may be adopted, but the principles of justice can never be advanced in its favor. The causes which entitle a war to the denomination of just are somewhat different from those of expediency alone. But to maintain that the bare probability of some remote, or future annoyance from a neighbouring state affords a just ground of hostile aggression, is a doctrine repugnant to every principle of equity. Such however is the condition of human life, that no full security can be enjoyed.

50. Jeremy Waldron, “Minority Cultures and the Cosmopolitan Alternative,” in The Rights of Minority Cultures, ed. Will Kymlicka (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996), 98. 51. In his review of the first edition of this book, Nicholas Rengger denies that the Just War Tradition constitutes a theory, saying instead that it should be considered a moral practice. In his view, such a practice can be reflected upon (meaning theorized), but it cannot lead to a theory claiming universality. See his book review in International Affairs 79, no.

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