Can war ever be justified? Why is it wrong to kill? In this new book Richard Norman looks at these and other related questions, and thereby examines the possibility and nature of rational moral argument. Practical examples, such as the Gulf War and the Falklands War, are used to show that, while moral philosophy can offer no easy answers, it is a worthwhile enterprise that sheds light on many pressing contemporary problems.
"...this is a patient, fair-minded argument that blends careful moral analysis with pertinent illustrative references to recent events, such as the Falklands War and the Gulf War. Norman's is an excellent book and an important contribution to the ethical analysis of war." American Political Science Review "This book makes important contributions to the contemporary debates on euthanasia and abortion, as well as the morality of war." Canadian Philosophical Reviews "...I found that the book has interesting things to say on a number of points. Both scholars and undergraduates can benefit from thinking about and responding to the arguments Norman presents." Kenneth W. Kemp, Ethics "A provacative and wide-ranging philosophical essay questionning the morality of war...An interesting read for students of moral philosophy, just-war thought, and pacifism." Timothy M. Renick, Religious Studies Review "...raises some very important questions about the right of national self-defense and the so-called just war theory". Choice "...provacative and wide ranging essays philosophical essay questioning the morality of war." Timothy M. Renick, Religious Studies Review