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Interpretations of Conflict : Ethics, Pacifism and the Just-war Tradition - Richard B. Miller

Interpretations of Conflict

Ethics, Pacifism and the Just-war Tradition

Paperback Published: 15th November 1991
ISBN: 9780226527963
Number Of Pages: 296

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With today's world torn by violence and conflict, Richard B.
Miller's study of the ethics of war could not be more timely.
Miller brings together the opposed traditions of pacifism and
just-war theory and puts them into a much-needed dialogue
on the ethics of war.
Beginning with the duty of nonviolence as a point of
convergence between the two rival traditions, Miller provides
an opportunity for pacifists and just-war theorists to refine
their views in a dialectical exchange over a set of ethical
and social questions. From the interface of these two long-
standing and seemingly incompatible traditions emerges a
surprisingly fruitful discussion over a common set of values,
problems, and interests: the presumption against harm, the
relation of justice and order, the ethics of civil
disobedience, the problem of self-righteousness in moral
discourse about war, the ethics of nuclear deterrence, and
the need for practical reasoning about the morality of war.
Miller pays critical attention to thinkers such as Augustine
and Thomas Aquinas, as well as to modern thinkers like H.
Richard Niebuhr, Paul Ramsey, Martin Luther King, Jr., James
Douglass, the Berrigans, William O'Brien, Michael Walzer, and
James Childress. He demonstrates how pacifism and just-war
tenets can be joined around both theoretical and practical
issues.
"Interpretations of Conflict" is a work of massive
scholarship and careful reasoning that should interest
philosophers, theologians, and religious ethicists alike. It
enhances our moral literacy about injury, suffering, and
killing, and offers a compelling dialectical approach to
ethics in a pluralistic society.
Richard B. Miller is assistant professor of religious
studies at Indiana University.

Acknowledgments
Preliminary Investigations Introduction: Pluralism and Moral Discourse
The Lure of Self-Reflexivity Proceeding down the Low Road Terms for Interpretations of Conflict
Prior Intimations and Current Questions
The Presumption against Harm Adumbrations and Approximations Nonmaleficence and Levels of Moral Discourse
From Convergence to Further Inquiry
Roman Catholic and Protestant Approaches
The Just War and Civil Conflict: Changing Paradigms in Roman Catholic Social
Ethics Moral Grammar in Transition
The Classical Paradigm The Modern Paradigm
The Just War The Modern Paradigm: Civil Conflict Justice, Friendship, and Otherness
Catholic Pacifism in the United States: Ethical Pluralism and the Problem of Tradition Elements of a Pacifist Ethic Rights-Based Pacifism Iconoclastic Pacifism
The Problem of Tradition
Pacifism and Just-War Tenets: How Do They Diverge?
The Point of Convergence Theological Criticisms of Just-War Tenets Ethical Criticisms of Just-War Tenets
From Divergence to Convergence
A Protestant Protest and Transvaluation
The Protestant Principle Repentance and Conventional Discourse about War
The Objectivity of God's Sovereign, Immanent Activity
The Transformative Tension between Theology and Ethics A Repoeticization of War
The Problem of Nuclear Deterrence
Love, Intention, and Proportion: Paul Ramsey on the Morality of Nuclear Deterrence Deterrence, Pacifism, and the Just War Agape, War, and Moral Discourse Morality and Nuclear Deterrence Intention: Thin or Think? Conclusion
The Morality of Nuclear Deterrence: Obstacles on the Road to Coherence Conventional Approaches to the Morality of Deterrence The Success Thesis
The Just-War Thesis The Anticipatory Thesis
The Argument from "Supreme Emergency"
The Exceptionalist Thesis Conclusion
Practical Reasoning and Public Discourse
History, Moral Discourse, and the Problem of Ideology History: Didactic or Ideological?
The Grammar of American Exceptionalism Comparative Justice and the Law of Nature Intertexualism and Nonsectarian Pacifism Rationalization and Counterideology
On Duty, Virtue, and the Interpretation of Conflict Plurality and Ambiguity Phronesis, Memory, and Nonmaleficence Against Realism and Confessionalism Can Pacifists and Just-War Theorists Tell a Just War?
Epilogue: Pluralism and Irony
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780226527963
ISBN-10: 0226527964
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 15th November 1991
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2