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Review: Recapturing the Just War for Political Theory

Reviewed Work: Just and Unjust Wars. A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations. by Michael Walzer
Review by: Hedley Bull
World Politics
Vol. 31, No. 4 (Jul., 1979), pp. 588-599
DOI: 10.2307/2009911
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2009911
Page Count: 12
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Abstract

Michael Walzer's Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations is a fine work which is right to defend the "moral reality" of war and to dismiss relativist approaches. But he does not provide a defense of his position against beliefs (for example, in absolute pacificism, in revolutionary war, or in collectivist approaches) fundamentally at loggerheads with his own. If the discussion of just war is to be more than an exchange of opinions, there must be attention to ethical foundations.

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