One in the series New Dialogues in Philosophy, Brian Orend has written an engaging dialogue from the perspectives of a critically injured soldier and his spouse on all questions related to the ethics of going to war and the ethics of fighting in war. Readers learn of the major traditions of thinking about war, including realism, pacifism, just war theory, and international law. Orend draws on a variety of references from the Civil War to the current war in Iraq to illustrate the moral dimension and ambiguity of war.
Brian Orend is professor of philosophy and director of international studies at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. Orend is the author of four books including two widely-used textbooks on the topics of war and human rights. An active public speaker, Orend addresses audiences and the media around the world on questions of war and peace and human rights.
Chapter 1 Injury and Empire Chapter 2 Doctors and Definitions Chapter 3 The Causes of War Chapter 4 Power and Pessimism Chapter 5 Marching Off to War Chapter 6 Mortal Combat Chapter 7 War's Aftermath Chapter 8 Peace in This Life