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The Ashgate Research Companion to Military Ethics

Edited by: James Turner Johnson , Eric D. Patterson

Print publication date:  January  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472416285
eBook ISBN: 9781315613246
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042617

10.4324/9781315613246
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This Companion provides scholars and graduates, serving and retired military professionals, members of the diplomatic and policy communities concerned with security affairs and legal professionals who deal with military law and with international law on armed conflicts, with a comprehensive and authoritative state-of-the-art review of current research in the area of military ethics. Topics in this volume reflect both perennial and pressing contemporary issues in the ethics of the use of military force and are written by established professionals and respected commentators. Subjects are organized by three major perspectives on the use of military force: the decision whether to use military force in a given context, the matter of right conduct in the use of such force, and ethical responsibilities beyond the end of an armed conflict. Treatment of issues in each of these sections takes account of both present-day moral challenges and new approaches to these and the historical tradition of just war. Military ethics, as it has developed, has been a particularly Western concern and this volume reflects that reality. However, in a globalized world, awareness of similarities and differences between Western approaches and those of other major cultures is essential. For this reason the volume concludes with chapters on ethics and war in the Islamic, Chinese, and Indian traditions, with the aim of integrating reflection on these approaches into the broad consideration of military ethics provided by this volume.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The Decision to Use Military Force in Classical Just War Thinking Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Decision to Use Military Force in Recent Moral Argument Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Contemporary International Law on the Decision to Use Armed Force Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The Role of the Military in the Decision to Use Armed Force Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Special Problems I: The Question of Preemption Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Special Problems II: The Response to Asymmetric Warfare and Terrorism Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Special Problems III: The Question of Using Military Force in the Frame of the Responsibility to Protect Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Special Problems IV: Questions Posed by Nuclear and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Framing the Issues in Moral Terms I: Applying Just War Tradition Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Framing the Issues in Moral Terms II: The Kantian Perspective on Jus in Bello  Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Framing the Issues in Moral Terms III: Rights and Right Conduct Download PDF
Chapter  12:  International Humanitarian Law Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Boston to Where: The Challenges Posed by Local-Global Terrorism Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Terrorism and Ethics Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Bombing of Dual-Use Targets Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Ethics of Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Targeted Killing Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Cyber Warfare Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Moral Equality of Combatants Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Treatment of Prisoners and Detainees Download PDF
Chapter  21:  My Country, Right or Wrong: If the Cause is Just, is Anything Allowed? Download PDF
Chapter  22:  No Job for a Soldier? Military Ethics in Peacekeeping Operations Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Enforcing and Strengthening Noncombatant Immunity Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Understanding Proportionality in Contemporary Armed Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Security and Political Order: The Ethics of Who Is in Charge and Enforcing the Peace at War’s End Download PDF
Chapter  26:  How Should This Conflict End? Implications of the End of an Armed Conflict for the Decision to Use Military Force and Conduct in the Use of Such Force Download PDF
Chapter  27:  War Crimes Tribunals after Armed Conflict Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Fostering Reconciliation as a Goal of Military Ethics Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Ethics in the Islamic Tradition on War Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Chinese Traditions on Military Ethics Download PDF
Chapter  31:  The Indian Tradition Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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