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War by Agreement: A Contractarian Ethics of War

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2020.06.28 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Yitzhak Benbaji and Daniel Statman, War by Agreement: A Contractarian Ethics of War, Oxford University Press, 2019, 215pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199577194. Reviewed by Saba Bazargan-Forward, University of California, San Diego There are two assumptions that have guided theorists writing on the ethics of war, since the scholastics and jurists of the late Renaissance and Early Modern periods (from roughly the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries). First, war is a relation between states (or, more recently, between a state and a collective aspiring to statehood) rather than a relation between individuals. Second, the moral rules governing conduct in war do not depend on the morality of the war being fought. These doctrines form the basis of what has come to be known as Just War theory. Since the turn of the century, however, the doctrines grounding Just War theory have come under sustained attack. According to this new revisionist critique, war is a relation... Read More

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