Just War Thinking: Morality and Pragmatism in the Struggle Against Contemporary Threats by ProQuest


Because much of the tradition of JustWar in recent centuries (at least since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648) reflects a particular arrangement of international affairs focused on sovereign states, themodern challenges of stateless terrorism, globalized economic systems, and so forth fit that version of JustWar poorly. Patterson excoriates this interpretation, powerfully pointing out that if so interpreted, Just War thinking ceases to fulfill its fundamental purpose of providing action-guiding practicalwisdomto political andmilitary leaders chargedwith keeping their communities safe.One need only reviewthe official statements of many religious communities, academic groups, and others to see clearly the targets Patterson has in mind.

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