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War and Self-Defense

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David RodinJunior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

ISBN13: 9780199257744
ISBN: 0199257744
Published: May 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £74.00

When is it right to go to war? The most persuasive answer to this question has always been 'in self-defense'. In a penetrating new analysis, bringing together moral philosophy, political science, and law, David Rodin shows what's wrong with this answer. He proposes a comprehensive new theory of the right of self-defense which resolves many of the perplexing questions that have dogged both jurists and moral philosophers. By applying the theory of self-defense to international relations, Rodin produces a far-reaching critique of the canonical Just War theory. The simple analogy between self-defense and national defense - between the individual and the state - needs to be fundamentally rethought, and with it many of the basic elements of international law and the ethics of international relations.

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Introduction; 1. RIGHTS; 2. A Model of Defensive Rights; 3. Consequences and Forced Choice; 4. Grounding Self-Defense in Rights; 5. INTERNATIONAL LAW; 6. Defense of Persons; 7. The Common Life; 8. War, Responsibility and Law Enforcement; 9. Conclusion: Morality and Realism; Bibliography