War and Individual Rights: The Foundations of Just War Theory

2016.01.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kai Draper, War and Individual Rights: The Foundations of Just War Theory, Oxford University Press, 2016, 254pp., $65.00 (hbk),
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2016.01.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Kai Draper, War and Individual Rights: The Foundations of Just War Theory, Oxford University Press, 2016, 254pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199388899. Reviewed by Nick Fotion, Emory University Kai Draper wants very much to present a new version of just war theory. Traditional theory has its virtues but "some of its basic principles are little more than vague aphorisms, and others are simply mistaken." (2) His theory, as his title makes clear, would feature the concept of (individual) rights. When it comes to discussing the ethics of war, he believes that that concept has been much neglected. He wants to undo this neglect mainly because rights-talk is less vague and so has a tendency to give us all more precise and demanding guidance as to what we should and should not do when it comes to war. But Draper has a problem. Rights-talk is more complicated than, for example, utility-talk. So he feels... . . .

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