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Politics, Justice, and War: Christian Governance and the Ethics of Warfare

Joseph E. Capizzi

Abstract

The book strives to clarify the meaning and coherence of the “just war” approach to the use of force in the context of Christian ethics. By reconnecting the just war ethic to an Augustinian political approach, the book shows the just war ethic requires emphasis on the “right intention,” or goal, of peace as ordered justice. With peace set as the goal of war, the various criteria of the just war ethic gain their intelligibility and help provide practical guidance to all levels of society regarding when to go to war and how to strive to contain it. So conceived, the ethic places stringent limits ... More

Keywords: just war theory, right intention, noncombatant immunity, Christian politics, Augustinian political theory, war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723950
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723950.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joseph E. Capizzi, author
Professor, The School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America