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Table of Contents

Part 1 Preface vii Part 2 Acknowledgments xiii Part 3 Introduction: The Dual Nature of War 3 Part 4 "We Go to War That We May Have Peace" 9 Part 5 The Fundamental Ideas Of Just War 41 Part 6 The Catholic Vocabulary of War: The Center and the Fringe of Catholic Just War Doctrine 76 Part 7 Muslim and Jewish Just War Traditions: The Center and the Fringe 94 Part 8 The Questions of Sequence and Scale 127 Part 9 Saying No and Saying Yes: Protest and the Integrity of Language in Times of War 138 Part 10 A Just War Theory for the Twenty-First Century 166 Part 11 Three Concluding Principles 180 Part 12 Afterword: On the Second Gulf War 199 Part 13 Index 207

About the Author

Peter S. Temes is president of the Antioch New England Graduate School and formerly head of the Great Books Foundation. He has taught at every level of American education, including a course on the moral principles of war at Harvard University and the University of Chicago. His most recent book is Against School Reform (And in Praise of Great Teaching). He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.


...Reading and discussing The Just War seems almost necessary. * San Francisco Chronicle * Timely and intelligent commentary. . . . The book's chief gift is its empowerment of the reader to make informed moral observations on future wars. * Publishers Weekly * With this timely book Peter Temes . . . cuts through the usual polemics about a subject as urgent and complex as it is timeless. . . . A truly admirable book. -- Sidney Hyman Lucidly and intensely Temes engages us in a carefully reasoned, historically rooted, evocative drive to justify war in terms that serve modern conditions. -- Lewis M. Feldstein, chair of Harvard University's Saguaro Seminar on Civic Engagement and president, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation In this lucid and clearly written book, Peter Temes provides a thorough and balanced assessment of Just War thinking from a variety of cultural and historical perspectives. -- George Lucas, Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law, U.S. Naval Academy Should be a required reading for those who beat war's drum. * The Virginia Quarterly Review * Challeng[es] us to form a new moral view of war. * Tampa Tribune * The author takes a new look at 'just war theory.' * Forecast * Temes's philosophical synthesis is nuanced and impressive. * Booklist * More than just a history . . . considers the idea of 'just war thinking' . . . probing the philosophy behind justifications for war. * Midwest Book Review * The book [is] the best single work on the subject of Just War that I have read in the past 20 years. -- Major Arthur Gans * Canadian Military Journal *

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