What does it mean to say that a particular war is just or unjust, that terrorism is always wrong, or that torture can sometimes be morally justified? What are the moral bases for the possession or use of nuclear weapons, intervening in other countries’ civil wars, or being a bystander to genocide? Such questions take us to the heart of what is morally right and wrong behaviour in our world.
Global Violence: Ethical and Political Issues provides readers with the analytical tools to better understand the suppositions that underlie the debates about such questions, as well as advances its own reasoned and informed ethical analyses of these topics. The book engages different normative approaches from the fields of ethics, political theory, and international relations and uses them to examine a set of case studies on the subjects of inter-state and civil war, nuclear weapons, terrorism, torture and genocide.
Table of Contents
Foreword, Introduction, 1. Moral and Political Theory 2. International Relations and Just War Theory 3. Inter-State War 4. Civil War 5. Nuclear Weapons 6. Terrorism and Torture 7. Genocide Conclusion Index
Eric A. Heinze is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, USA. He is the author of Waging Humanitarian War: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Humanitarian Intervention (2009); co-editor of Ethics, Authority, and War: Non-State Actors and the Just War Tradition (2010); and editor of Justice, Sustainability, and Security: Global Ethics for the 21st Century (2013).
"Global Violence provides a perceptive and persuasive account of this extremely topical issue. Heinze brings considerable expertise on areas such as humanitarian intervention, the War on Terror and Just War Theory, while rendering it accessible for a general audience. This is a polished and tightly argued book."
James Pattison, University of Manchester, UK
"Professor Heinze deploys key insights from the fields of Moral Philosophy, Political Theory, and International Relations Theory to develop an approach that is both novel and compelling. Global Violence is a work of commendable scholarship and impressive erudition that will long be recognized as an important contribution to the field of International Ethics."
Harry Gould, Florida International University, USA
"Eric Heinze’s Global Violence offers an accessible window into complex moral issues surrounding the use of force. It’s a rare work that not only informs but also helps to develop the skills needed to analyze ethical issues."
Amy E. Eckert, Metropolitan State University of Denver, USA