As war continues to be a primary topic in public debate, Andrew Fiala in The Just War Myth critically examines the concept of just war, arguing that actual wars never live up to the ideals of just war theory. The book provides a historical overview of the just war idea and also turns a critical eye on current events, including the idea of preemptive war, the use of torture, and the unreality of the Bush Doctrine.
Andrew Fiala is associate professor of philosophy at California State University, Fresno. He is the author of What Would Jesus Really Do? and lives in Fresno, California.
Part 1 Part 1: The Just War Myth Chapter 2 Introduction: The Just War Myth and the Politics of War Chapter 3 The Myths and Memes of Political Life Chapter 4 Genealogy of The Just War Tradition Chapter 5 Duels and Modern Wars Chapter 6 The Myth of American Exceptionalism Part 7 Part 2: The Myths of the War on Terrorism Chapter 8 The Preemptive War Doctrine Chapter 9 Torture and Terrorism Chapter 10 Humanitarian Intervention and the Crusade for Democracy Chapter 11 Jus in Bello and the War in Iraq Part 12 Part 3: Skeptical Democratic Pacifism Chapter 13 The Myth of Pacifism Chapter 14 Citizenship, Responsibility, and Peace