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Just and Unjust Wars

A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations

Trade Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780465052714

Price: $18.99 / $23.99 (CAD)

ON SALE: August 11th 2015

Genre: Nonfiction / Political Science / History & Theory

PAGE COUNT: 416

A penetrating investigation into moral and ethical questions raised by war, drawing on examples from antiquity to the present

Just and Unjust Wars has forever changed how we think about the ethics of conflict. In this modern classic, political philosopher Michael Walzer examines the moral issues that arise before, during, and after the wars we fight. Reaching from the Athenian attack on Melos, to the Mai Lai massacre, to the current war in Afghanistan and beyond, Walzer mines historical and contemporary accounts and the testimony of participants, decision makers, and victims to explain when war is justified and what ethical limitations apply to those who wage it.

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"A magnificent book, an honor to its writer...a book that makes for a return of civilized discussion of the question of the morality of war."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545}New York Review of Books
"A passionate defense of the old principle of non-combatant immunity.... [Walzer] is both thorough and persuasive in his exploration of a very intricate subject."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545}Washington Post
"A classic in the field."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545}New York Times
"One of the most significant modern restatements of just-war thinking."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px 'Helvetica Neue'; color: #454545}Nation
"A clear, humane, and startingly original survey of the moral issues that complicate modern war-making."—Atlantic
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