The Ethics of Armed Conflict: A Cosmopolitan Just War Theory

2015.03.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John W. Lango, The Ethics of Armed Conflict: A Cosmopolitan Just War Theory, Edinburgh University Press, 2014, 246pp., $120.00
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2015.03.25 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews John W. Lango, The Ethics of Armed Conflict: A Cosmopolitan Just War Theory, Edinburgh University Press, 2014, 246pp., $120.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780748645756. Reviewed by Peter Tramel, Fort Hays State University John W. Lango advances and defends a new cosmopolitan just war theory. It is cosmopolitan because it dispenses with the traditional importance of sovereignty in just war theory. As he puts it, his theory is not "state-centric." Lango argues that in the ideal case, the U.N. Security Council, not a state or collection of states, would be the authority for a just war (i.e., on the just side of a war in which one side fights justly). However, the conditions for being the authority for a just war can be met in theory, at least, by any collection of persons capable of military action, without any necessary reference to whether they are a sovereign state, or even very like a sovereign state. Also, he argues... . . .

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