This book presents a clear and comprehensive introduction to thediverse and wide-ranging ethical aspects of war and peace. In afair-minded and engaging analysis, Nigel Dower introduces thedifferent ethical theories in traditional and contemporary debates? realism, just war theory and pacifism ? and subjects each todetailed critical scrutiny. He frames these debates within arelated but distinct framework of three approaches to internationalrelations, namely skeptical realism, internationalism andcosmopolitanism. The book also identifies and evaluates two furtherimportant perspectives, militarism and pacificism. Whilst analyzingthe advantages and disadvantages of the different outlooks, Dowermakes a strong case for a cosmopolitan pacificist position, arguingthat we need to see peace in more positive terms than merely theabsence of war. The book uses a wide range of examples from acrossthe world and includes discussion of nuclear weapons, new wars,terrorism, humanitarian intervention and human security.
Written as a textbook for students who have no prior knowledgeof philosophical ethics, The Ethics of War and Peace is designed tohelp students understand and see the relevance of how aprofessional philosopher can engage ethically with the world. Eachchapter contains a helpful survey of its contents at the beginningand a set of questions for individual reflection or groupdiscussion at the end.
This book will be essential reading for students of securitystudies, conflict resolution, peace studies, philosophy andpolitical theory and anyone interested in the ethical questionswhich arise from the study of war and peace.