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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.
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.