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Pacifism : A Philosophy of Nonviolence (Paperback) (Robert L. Holmes)

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The author examines whether war is morally justifiable by presenting an argument for pacifism, contending that there is a moral presumption against war and unless that presumption is defeated, war is wrong. He argues that killing people is presumptively wrong; that war entails killing people, so it is wrong; that unless that presumption is defeated, war is morally impermissible; that the presumption has not been defeated; and that therefore, war is morally impermissible. He discusses Augustine's views on war, just war theory, self-defense and the alleged moral equality of soldiers, just cause and the killing of innocents, and assesses specific wars: the Vietnam War, the Gulf and Iraq Wars, and Kosovo. He also addresses the concept of pacifism and the relationship between pacifism and just war theory; pacifism and humanitarian military intervention; terrorism, violence, and nonviolence; and existential pacifism. Parts of the book have been previously published elsewhere. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 346.0
Genre: Philosophy, Political Science
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Author: Robert L. Holmes
Language: English
Street Date: December 15, 2016
TCIN: 51691679
UPC: 9781474279833
Item Number (DPCI): 248-28-6946

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