Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Walzer on War

"we are doomed to continue arguing about war; it is a necessary activity of democratic citizens."

The Forward has an excerpt from the introduction to Michael Walzer's Arguing About War, to be be published this month by Yale University Press, a collection of Walzer's essays on the contemporary war issues since his classic Just and Unjust Wars.

Tim Garden, a former UK Air Marshall reviewing AAW in The New Statesman, had this intriguing comment.
Just-war theory has conventionally divided into two parts: the decision to go to war (jus ad bellum); and the conduct of war itself (jus in bello). Walzer proposes a third consideration, jus post bellum, which he defines as justice after the war.
Add it to your must-read list.

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