Public War, Private Conscience: The Ethics of Political Violence (Hardback)
Language: English . Brand New Book. A philosophical exploration of such subjects as terrorism, just war and pacifism, Andrew Fiala s book reflects on the moral demands that conflict makes on us. Public War, Private Conscience offers a philosophical reflection on the moral demands made upon us by war, providing a clear and accessible overview of the different ways of thinking about war. Engaging both with contemporary examples and historical ideas about war, the book offers unique analysis of issues relating to terrorism, conscience objection, just war theory and pacifism. Andrew Fiala examines the conflict between utilitarian and deontological points of view. On the one hand, wars are part of the project of public welfare, subject to utilitarian evaluation. On the other hand, war is also subject to deontological judgment that takes seriously the importance of private conscience and human rights. This book argues that the conflict between these divergent approaches is unavoidable. We are continually caught in the tragic conflict between these two values: public happiness and private morality. And it is in war that we find the conflict at its most obvious and most disturbing. N° de réf. du libraire AA79781441182586
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Critique: "The Enlightenment philosopher, Immanuel Kant, complained that the doctrine of 'justifiable war' provides little more than comfort to war-mongers. In this eloquent new essay, Andrew Fiala explores the dimensions of 'comfort' that our own Kantian convictions regarding the moral superiority of democracy and human rights provide when coupled with a 'grinding utilitarian logic' justifying the public use of deadly force in their furtherance. Surveying philosophical reflections on war from Plato, Kant, Bentham and Hegel to Hanna Arendt, John Rawls, and Michael Walzer, Fiala issues his own provocative challenges to our perpetual justification of our war-making and war-fighting, and examines, from Hiroshima to Baghdad, the private tragedy that war, as the 'sublime dance of cosmos and chaos', invariably reveals itself to be." - George R. Lucas, Jr., Class of 1984 Distinguished Chair of Ethics, U.S. Naval Academy, Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Naval Postgraduate School, USA
Titre : Public War, Private Conscience: The Ethics ...
Éditeur : Continuum Publishing Corporation, United States
Date d'édition : 2010
Reliure : Hardback
Etat du livre : New
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