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    October 1st 2013
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This is a much-needed exploration of the culture and moral psychology of ‘just’ and ‘unjust’ wars.

Clearly some wars are more brutal than others. But what inclines adversaries to uphold ethical limits in some cases and not in others? Closely examining the habits and dispositions instilled in opponents by the moral communities to which they belong, this study tackles the common charge that the ethical regulation of war is a utopian project, inevitably confounded by the nature of war itself.

Anthony Coates is concerned that the tradition of ‘just war’ presents concerns about whether and how military force should be used, and also how such concerns ignore the habits and emotions that motivate a person’s conduct. He argues that virtues are better equipped to meet the ethical and psychological demands of war and constructs a critical theory of virtues in the light of key precepts, which he tests against the values and practices of the military community and of contemporary civil society.

This book is a great resource for studies of ethics, political theory and international relations.

Author Bio

Anthony Coates is a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Reading, UK.

Name: The Virtues of War (Hardback)Routledge 
Description: By Anthony Coates. This is a much-needed exploration of the culture and moral psychology of ‘just’ and ‘unjust’ wars. Clearly some wars are more brutal than others. But what inclines adversaries to uphold ethical limits in some cases...
Categories: Ethics Philosophy, International Relations, Social & Political Theory