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Politicians, pundits, and scholars have cited the principles of “just war” to defend military actions from Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya. Other politicians, pundits, and scholars have cited just war principles to condemn those same military interventions. How can the same tradition lead to such sharply opposing conclusions? What is the just war tradition, and why is it important today?
Authors David D. Corey and J. Daryl Charles answer those questions in this insightful exploration. A fascinating blend of history, theology, and political philosophy, The Just War Tradition: An Introduction traces the development of the tradition from its inception nearly two millennia ago. Corey and Charles illuminate how the various voices within the tradition—from Augustine and Aquinas, to Luther and Calvin, to Suárez and Locke, up to present-day commentators—relate to one another and to rival ways of understanding war and peace.
'“A cogent, meticulous history of just war thinking from its inception to its present incarnations.” —Jean Bethke Elshtain, professor of social and political ethics at the University of Chicago “This wonderfully readable book provides a rich and thoughtful account of the theoretical development of the concept of the just war. An excellent contribution to political theory, theology, and international relations.” —James Ceaser, professor of politics at the University of Virginia “This fine and important book should be required reading not only for statesmen and scholars but also for every citizen.” —Wilfred M. McClay, Blankenship Chair in the History Liberty at the University of Oklahoma “This thoughtful book engages the idea of just war as a tradition of moral thinking deeply rooted in both Christian religion and secular reflection on the aims of politics.” —James Turner Johnson, professor of religion at Rutgers University, author of Ideology, Reason, and the Limitation of War “This book is another milestone for those interested in the ongoing project of thinkers to reappropriate ancient Catholic and Protestant traditions that for years had been terra incognita or even terra inhospita to Protestants and especially Evangelicals.” —J. Budziszewski, professor of government and philosophy at the University of Texas “A fresh examination of the origins and development of the just war tradition. Anyone concerned about the intersection of morals, politics, and war will profit from reading this book.” —Timothy Fuller, professor of political science at Colorado College'
Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute