War An Enquiry A. C. Grayling

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
18 Apr 2017
ISBN:
9780300175349
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
288 pages: 210 x 140mm

A renowned philosopher challenges long-held views on just wars, ethical conduct during war, why wars occur, how they alter people and societies, and more

For residents of the twenty-first century, a vision of a future without warfare is almost inconceivable. Though wars are terrible and destructive, they also seem unavoidable. In this original and deeply considered book, A. C. Grayling examines, tests, and challenges the concept of war. He proposes that a deeper, more accurate understanding of war may enable us to reduce its frequency, mitigate its horrors, and lessen the burden of its consequences.

Grayling explores the long, tragic history of war and how warfare has changed in response to technological advances. He probes much-debated theories concerning the causes of war and considers positive changes that may result from war. How might these results be achieved without violence? In a profoundly wise conclusion, the author envisions “just war theory” in new moral terms, taking into account the lessons of World War II and the Holocaust and laying down ethical principles for going to war and for conduct during war.

A. C. Grayling is master, new college of the humanities, and supernumerary fellow, St. Anne’s College, Oxford. He is active in the field of human rights and conflict intervention and has written or edited more than thirty books. He lives in London.

“A brisk and sweeping survey… It is written under the shadow of the extreme mechanisation of war-fighting and the ethical conundrums this poses. Grayling speaks primarily to the citizen, not the solider, and his strength is in his conceptual clarity.”—Mark Mazower, Financial Times