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War and Self-Defense$
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David Rodin

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199257744

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0199257744.001.0001

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War, Responsibility, and Law Enforcement

War, Responsibility, and Law Enforcement

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War and Self-Defense


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This chapter argues that military action against an aggressive state may be justified as a form of law enforcement rather than self-defence. The establishment of something like a minimal universal state is needed for such a justification to be effective. It is also argued that the justification of any form of military action requires a moral explanation of why the soldiers against whom one fights are appropriate objects of violence.

Keywords:   law enforcement, self-defence, Just War Theory, responsibility

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