Morality and Political Violence

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 8, 2007 - Philosophy
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Political violence in the form of wars, insurgencies, terrorism and violent rebellion constitutes a major human challenge. C. A. J. Coady brings a philosophical and ethical perspective as he places the problems of war and political violence in the frame of reflective ethics. In this book, Coady re-examines a range of urgent problems pertinent to political violence against the background of a contemporary approach to just war thinking. The problems examined include: the right to make war and conduct war, terrorism, revolution, humanitarianism, mercenary warriors, the ideal of peace and the right way to end war. Coady attempts to vindicate the contemporary relevance of the just war tradition to current problems without applying the tradition in a merely mechanical or uncritical fashion.

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1 Staring at Armageddon
2 The Idea of Violence
3 Violence and Justice
4 Aggression Defence and Just Cause
5 Justice with Prudence
6 The Right Way to Fight
7 The Problem of Collateral Damage
8 The Morality of Terrorism
10 Morality and the Mercenary Warrior
11 Objecting Morally
12 Weapons of Mass Destruction
13 The Ideal of Peace
14 The Issue of Stringency

9 The Immunities of Combatants

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Page 1 - To this war of every man against every man, this also is consequent, that nothing can be unjust. The notions of right and wrong, justice and injustice, have there no place. Where there is no common power, there is no law; where no law, no injustice.

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C. A. J. Coady is one of Australia's best-known philosophers, both at home and abroad. In addition to his academic distinction, he is a regular contributor to public debate on topics to do with ethical and philosophical dimensions of current affairs. A Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, he has served as the founding Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Public Issues and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics and Head of its University of Melbourne Division. In 2005, he gave the prestigious Uehiro Lectures on practical ethics at Oxford University.

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