07 August 2018

BOOK: Daniel R. BRUNSTETTER and Cian O’DRISCOLL, eds., Just War Thinkers : From Cicero to the 21st Century (London: Routledge, 2018). ISBN 9781138122482, £28.99

(Source: Routledge)

Routledge has just published a new volume on seminal figures in the history of the just war tradition.


This volume offers a set of concise and accessible introductions to the seminal figures in the historical development of the just war tradition.

In what, if any, circumstances are political communities justified in going to war? And what limits should apply to the conduct of any such war? The just war tradition is a body of thought that helps us think through these very questions. Its core ideas have been subject to fierce debate for over 2,000 years. Yet they continue to play a prominent role in how political and military leaders address the challenges posed by the use of force in international society. Until now there has been no text that offers concise and accessible introductions to the key figures associated with the tradition. Stepping into this breach, Just War Thinkers provides a set of clear but detailed essays by leading experts on nineteen seminal thinkers, from Cicero to Jeff McMahan. This volume challenges the reader to think about how traditions are constituted—who is included and excluded, and how that is determined—and how they serve to enable, constrain, and indeed channel subsequent thought, debate, and exchange.

This book will be of much interest to students of just war tradition and theory, ethics and war, philosophy, security studies and IR.


Daniel R. Brunstetter is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, USA.

Cian O'Driscoll is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Glasgow, UK.


Foreword, Joel H. Rosenthal
Introduction, Daniel Brunstetter and Cian O’Driscoll
1. Cicero, Gavin Stewart
2. Augustine, James Turner Johnson
3. Gratian, Rory Cox
4. Thomas Aquinas, Gregory Reichberg
5. Christine de Pizan, Cian O’Driscoll
6. Francisco de Vitoria, Alex Bellamy
7. Bartolome de las Casas, Daniel Brunstetter
8. Francisco Suarez, Grady Scott Davis
9. Alberico Gentili, John Kelsay
10. Hugo Grotius, Anthony F. Lang, Jr.
11. Samuel Pufendorf, Luke Glanville
12. Emmerich de Vattel, Theo Christov
13. Immanuel Kant, Brian Orend
14. Francis Lieber, Stephanie Carvin
15. Paul Ramsey, Adam Hollowell
16. Michael Walzer, Chris Brown
17. Jean Bethke Elshtain, Nicholas Rengger
18. James Turner Johnson, Nahed Artoul Zehr
19. Jeff McMahan, Heather Roff
Conclusion, Daniel Brunstetter and Cian O’Driscoll

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