The Just War Myth: The Moral Illusions of War (Hardback)Andrew Fiala (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 188
Weight: 404 g
Dimensions: 229 x 147 x 22 mm
Andrew Fiala's timely and open-minded study of the political misuses of just war ideals is must-reading for everyone concerned about war and the responsibilities of leaders and citizens in a democracy. It is indispensable for decision makers in government and the military, and because it is so clearly written and carefully argued, Fiala's book should be used in a wide range of university courses. -- Robert Paul Churchill, Elton Professor of Philosophy, George Washington University
Andrew Fiala has written a timely and courageous book. It is timely for citizens living in a country that prides itself as going to war with justice on its side, only to stumble time and again into moral conundrums and quagmires. It is courageous in challenging purveyors of the just war doctrine, calling their bluff with an honest discussion of what really happens in war, especially the war in Iraq. -- David K. Chan, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
This book calls to account the just war theory as a whole and points out the ways in which it fosters, maybe even encourages, our human propensity to moral self-deception. Numerous other writers call into question individual criterion of the just war tradition but Fiala's book is a comprehensive overview. It critiques the assumption that any war can be 'just' by the terms of the criteria and points out the way in which our belief in the possibility of a 'just war' is mythological, like so many others of our beliefs. The just war myth is consoling for many but does not lead us to a moral way of living our lives, individually or communally. -- Lani Roberts, Oregon State University
Andrew Fiala pulls back the curtain on the just war myth and challenges the reader to wrestle with the realities of war. This is a sober and intelligent analysis of the moral justifications of war. Fiala has written a thoughtful and practical book, one that will hopefully raise the level of public discourse as we confront the current realities of war. -- Dane Scott, University of Montana
Andrew Fiala's book engages in a masterful re-examination of an age old tradition-just war theory-in order to shatter the mythic idealism that surrounds it and that shelters us from being able to ask crucial ethical questions about the continual reappearance of war in our lives. Fiala seeks to strip away our fanciful notions of heroic and just violence to show us that the reality of war usually outpaces the capacity of philosophical theories to make sense of its horrors. His conclusion is radical, but it shows how high the stakes are: given the realities of democratic politics, and the kind of destructive capacity available to nations and individuals today, war can hardly ever be justified. This is an important work for anyone concerned with peace and justice today. -- Jose-Antonio Orosco, Oregon State University
This book will be useful to those interested in thinking more deeply about current events. Recommended. -- 8/1/08 * CHOICE *
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