Preventive War, What Is It Good For?

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This chapter argues that although Bush's preventive war in Iraq is morally wrong, and his policy is too broad, some exceptional preventive wars can still be morally justified. It develops and defends a version of consequentialism about war. It then criticizes the relevant part of the most common deontological alternative - just war theory. Finally, all of this theory is applied to preventive war in general and Bush's war and policy in particular.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sinnott-Armstrong, W

Published Date

  • January 1, 2008

Book Title

  • Preemption: Military Action and Moral Justification

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780199233137

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233137.003.0009

Citation Source

  • Scopus