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Waging War: A Philosophical Introduction

Clark Ian


What is war, and how should it be waged? Are there restraints on its conduct? What can philosophers contribute to the study of warfare? It might appear to some that the practical activity of the battlefield is a universe away from the sedate reflections of the philosopher, but this book argues that there is an important relationship between the concept of war and notions about its proper conduct, and that the practice of war requires a sound philosophical understanding of its nature. The author begins by discussing two traditional doctrines: the just war and the limited war. The first specifie ... More

Keywords: war, proper conduct, philosophers, warfare, just war, limited war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1988 Print ISBN-13: 9780198273257
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273257.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clark Ian, author