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War and Self-Defense

David Rodin


This book explores the moral response to war and aggression within the context of self-defence. Two main projects are undertaken: to explain defensive rights in their most general form, and determine whether this explanation can be used as grounds for a right of national self-defence. It contends that although a coherent account of self-defence can be built around the idea of personal rights, the attempt justify war based on the conception of self-defence faces significant obstacles and ultimately fails. Self-defence has significant consequences for the entire enterprise of normative internati ... More

Keywords: self-defence, national-defence, war, aggression, international relations

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199257744
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199257744.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Rodin, author
Director of Research, Centre for Applied Ethics, Oxford University
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