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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.

Public International Law, Jurisprudence
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