The Just War: An American Reflection on the Morality of War in Our Time

The Just War: An American Reflection on the Morality of War in Our Time

By: Peter S. Temes (author)Paperback

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A critical history of Just War thinking, beginning with ancient epics and extending through American responses to the terrorist attacks of September 11. Mr. Temes's book proposes a radically new vision, one that respects the received tradition but takes account of the moral experience of the world today.

About Author

Peter S. Temes is president of the Antioch New England Graduate School and formerly head of the Great Books Foundation. He has taught at every level of American education, including a course on the moral principles of war at Harvard University and the University of Chicago. His most recent book is Against School Reform (And in Praise of Great Teaching). He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.


Part 1 Preface vii Part 2 Acknowledgments xiii Part 3 Introduction: The Dual Nature of War 3 Part 4 "We Go to War That We May Have Peace" 9 Part 5 The Fundamental Ideas Of Just War 41 Part 6 The Catholic Vocabulary of War: The Center and the Fringe of Catholic Just War Doctrine 76 Part 7 Muslim and Jewish Just War Traditions: The Center and the Fringe 94 Part 8 The Questions of Sequence and Scale 127 Part 9 Saying No and Saying Yes: Protest and the Integrity of Language in Times of War 138 Part 10 A Just War Theory for the Twenty-First Century 166 Part 11 Three Concluding Principles 180 Part 12 Afterword: On the Second Gulf War 199 Part 13 Index 207

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781566636018
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 240
  • ID: 9781566636018
  • weight: 290
  • ISBN10: 1566636019

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