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The Other's War: Recognition and the Violence of Ethics


ISBN13: 9780415571432
Published: June 2010
Publisher: Birkbeck Law Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £33.99



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The Other's War is an intervention into a set of contemporary moral, political and legal debates over the legitimacy of war and terrorism within the context of the so-called global war on terror.

Tarik Kochi considers how, despite the variety of its approaches – just war theory, classical realist, post-Kantian, poststructuralist - contemporary ethical, political and legal philosophy still struggles to produce a convincing account of war.

Focusing on the philosophical problem of the rightness of war, The Other's War responds to this lack. Through a discussion of a number of key Western intellectual traditions, Kochi demonstrates how often conflicting and contradictory conceptions of war’s rightness have developed in modernity. He shows how a process of ordering violence around different notions of right has constantly redrawn the boundaries of what constitutes ‘legitimate’ violence.

Such a process has consequences for anyone who claims to be fighting a ‘just war’. Building upon this account and drawing upon the philosophical heritage of G.W.F. Hegel and Ernst Bloch, The Other’s War proposes a new understanding of war, not just as a social condition characterised by violent conflict and struggles for power, but as the attempt of individuals and groups to realise their normative claims through violence.

Subjects:
Public International Law, Jurisprudence
Contents:
Introduction 1. A Critique of Just War 2. The Juridical Ordering of War 3. The Challenge of Morality 4. The Ethics of Recognition 5. A Politics of Violence 6. Developing a Theory of War 7. Judging War and Terror