The Just War Tradition
How can some politicians, pundits, and scholars cite the principles of "just war" to defend military actions—and others to condemn those same interventions? Just what is the just war tradition, and why is it important today?Authors David D. Corey and J. Daryl Charles answer those questions in this fascinating and invaluable book. The Just War Tradition: An Introduction reintroduces the wisdom we desperately need in our foreign policy debates.
Published: February, 2018
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"This new book by David Corey and J. Daryl Charles offers us an introduction . . . [to a] tradition of reflection [that] must inform our thinking on foreign policy today. Platitudes, checklists, and positive laws are not enough in an age of a nuclear Middle East, drone strikes, and preemptive interventions." —The Public Discourse"This wonderfully readable book provides a rich and thoughtful account of the theoretical development of the concept of the just war." —James Ceaser, professor of politics at the University of Virginia"In this supple and accessible account, Corey and Charles reintroduce us to a profound body of knowledge that we have neglected to our detriment." —Wilfred M. McClay, Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma"An excellent survey of the major thinkers in the Western just war tradition—Catholic, Protestant, and liberal. Corey and Charles provide citizens with the resources to respond intelligently and responsibly to the monumental challenges of the present." —James R. Stoner Jr., professor of political science at Louisiana State University