War, Conflict and Ethics

Series Editors: Michael L. Gross, James Pattison

Ethical judgments are relevant to all phases of protracted violent conflict and inter-state war. Before, during, and after the tumult, martial forces are guided, in part, by their sense of morality for assessing whether an action is (morally) right or wrong, an event has good and/or bad consequences, and an individual (or group) is inherently virtuous or evil. This new book series focuses on the morality of decisions by military and political leaders to engage in violence and the normative underpinnings of military strategy and tactics in the prosecution of the war.

  • Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War

    By William H Shaw

    This book offers a detailed utilitarian analysis of the ethical issues involved in war. Utilitarianism and the Ethics of War addresses the two basic ethical questions posed by war: when, if ever, are we morally justified in waging war, and if recourse to arms is warranted, how are we permitted to…

    Paperback – 2016-02-11 
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  • Armed Drones and the Ethics of War

    Military virtue in a post-heroic age

    By Christian Enemark

    This book assesses the ethical implications of using armed unmanned aerial vehicles (‘hunter-killer drones’) in contemporary conflicts. The American way of war is trending away from the heroic and towards the post-heroic, driven by a political preference for air-powered management of strategic…

    Paperback – 2015-05-22
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  • Chinese Just War Ethics

    Origin, Development, and Dissent

    Edited by Ping-Cheung Lo, Sumner B Twiss

    This book offers the first comprehensive analysis of warfare ethics in early China as well as its subsequent development. Chinese attitudes toward war are rich and nuanced, ranging across amoral realism, defensive just war, humanitarian intervention, and mournful skepticism. Covering the five…

    Hardback – 2015-05-20
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  • The Ethics of Nuclear Weapons Dissemination

    Moral Dilemmas of Aspiration, Avoidance and Prevention

    By Thomas E. Doyle, II

    This book examines the moral dilemmas of nuclear dissemination, and the justifications of both nuclear pursuit and avoidance by contemporary states. Applying Constructivist methodologies and moral theory, the author analyses a core set of moral dilemmas that ensnare decision-makers amongst state…

    Hardback – 2015-01-26
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  • Ethics, Norms and the Narratives of War

    Creating and Encountering the Enemy Other

    By Pamela Creed

    This book examines the ethics and values that render a war discourse normative, and features the stories of American soldiers who fought in the Iraq War to show how this narrative can change. The invasion of Iraq, launched in March 2003, was led by the United States under the now discredited claim…

    Hardback – 2012-06-28
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  • Civilians and Modern War

    Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence

    Edited by Daniel Rothbart, Karina Korostelina, Mohammed Cherkaoui

    This book explores the issue of civilian devastation in modern warfare, focusing on the complex processes that effectively establish civilians’ identity in times of war. Underpinning the physicality of war’s tumult are structural forces that create landscapes of civilian vulnerability. Such forces…

    Hardback – 2012-03-19
    War, Conflict and Ethics