American and international involvement in war-torn regions such as Bosnia and Somalia has come under increasing scrutiny by politicians and scholars. Here, two distinguished philosophers debate military intervention from just-war and pacifist perspectives. Describing the range of values and issues facing governments as they consider intervening in the affairs of other nations, each scholar makes his case and then responds to the opposing argument.
Robert L. Phillips is professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut and director of the War and Ethics Program. He is the author of War and Justice. Duane L. Cady is professor of philosophy and department chair at Hamline University, and the author of From Warism to Pacifism: A Moral Continuum.