Ethics and War in the 21st Century

ISBN-10: 0415452821
ISBN-13: 9780415452823
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $51.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/25/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 202
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

This book explores the ethical implications of war in the contemporary world. The author, a leading theorist of warfare, explains why it is of crucial importance that Western countries should continue to apply traditional ethical rules and practices in war, even when engaging with international terrorist groups. The book uses the work of the late American philosopher Richard Rorty to explain the need to make ethical rules central to the conduct of military operations. Arguing that the question of ethics was re-opened by the `War on Terror', the book then examines America's post-9/11 redefinition of its own prevailing discourse of war. It ends with a discussion of other key challenges to the ethics of war, such as the rise of private security companies and the use of robots in war. In exploring these issues, this book seeks to place ethics at the centre of debates about the conduct of future warfare. This book will be of great interest to all students ofmilitary ethics, war studies, military history and strategic studies in general, and to military colleges in particular.

Preface
The war on terror
A new discourse on war?
Richard Rorty and the ethics of war
Conclusion
Etiquettes of atrocity
Etiquettes of atrocity
Why we take prisoners of war
Discourses on war
Keeping to the discourse
The United States and Vietnam
Carl Schmitt and the Theory of the Partisan
Conclusion
Changing the discourse
Germany and the Eastern Front 1941-5
Algeria and the guerre revolutionaire
Israel and the intifada
Conclusion
A new discourse
Excluding from the discourse on war: from Guantanamo to Abu Ghraib
Is it a war?
A new paradigm?
New wars, new paradigms
Conclusion
Grammars of killing
Grammars of killing
Respecting our enemies
Non-lethal weapons
Conclusion
The unconditional imperative
Micro-management of the battlefield
Corporate warriors?
Asimov's children
Conclusion
Back to the Greeks
Back to the Greeks?
Simone Weil and The Iliad
Reading Thucydides
What is Hecuba to him?
The heuristics of fear
The ambiguity of peace
Towards the future
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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