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The Morality of Defensive War



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International law and conventional morality take it for granted that states may stand ready to defend their borders with lethal force. But what grounds the permission to kill for the sake of political sovereignty and territorial integrity? Especially since warfare always unavoidably involves killing the innocent? Can rights of national defence be grounded in individual interests alone? Or is there something special about the state, which makes it worth killing to defend? This book brings together the leading contemporary theorists of the morality of war, to address these vexed questions in new, ground-breaking essays, which will set the terms of the debate over national defence for years to come.

Author Biography

Cecile Fabre is currently Professor of Political Philosophy at Oxford University, and Fellow in Philosophy at Lincoln College. She has published extensively on rights, justice, and war--her latest monograph, Cosmopolitan War, came out with OUP in 2012. ; Seth Lazar is a continuing research fellow at the School of Philosophy in the Research School of Social Sciences, and the Australian National university. He writes on war and killing, and has published in the premier international journals in moral and political philosophy.
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February 20th, 2014
Edited by Cecile Fabre Edited by Seth Lazar
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Oxford University Press
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