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Pacifism : a philosophy of nonviolence

Author: Robert L Holmes
Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PIc, 2017.
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In a world riven with conflict, violence and war, this book proposes a philosophical defense of pacifism. It argues that there is a moral presumption against war and unless that presumption is defeated, war is unjustified. Leading philosopher of nonviolence Robert Holmes contends that neither just war theory nor the rationales for recent wars (Vietnam, the Gulf War, the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars) defeat that  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Holmes, Robert L.
Pacifism.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016
(DLC) 2016039211
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert L Holmes
ISBN: 9781474279826 1474279821 9781474279833 147427983X
OCLC Number: 966849441
Description: xviii, 346 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Reconceptualizing war --
The presumption against war --
Realism and war --
Augustine on ethics and war --
Anatomy of the just war theory --
Self-defense and the alleged moral equality of soldiers --
Just cause and the killing of innocents --
The Vietnam War --
The Gulf and Iraq Wars in light of the just war theory and Western imperialism --
Kosovo --
The metaethics of pacifism --
Do pacifism and just war theory converge? --
Pacifism and humanitarian military intervention --
Terrorism, violence and nonviolence --
Existential pacifism.
Responsibility: Robert L. Holmes.

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In a world riven with conflict, violence and war, this book proposes a philosophical defense of pacifism. It argues that there is a moral presumption against war and unless that presumption is defeated, war is unjustified. Leading philosopher of nonviolence Robert Holmes contends that neither just war theory nor the rationales for recent wars (Vietnam, the Gulf War, the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars) defeat that presumption, hence that war in the modern world is morally unjustified. A detailed, comprehensive and elegantly argued text which guides both students and scholars through the main debates (Just War Theory and double effect to name a few) clearly but without oversimplifying the complexities of the issues or historical examples.

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Robert L. Holmes has been one of those who never lost sight of war's importance and the urgency of crafting alternatives ... His new book will be a reference point for all further discussions of the Read more...

 
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