Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 March 2019

Abstract and Keywords

The three fundamental ethical questions about war concern the justification of the resort to war, the justification of the conduct of war, and the relation between the resort to a war and the limits on its conduct. These three questions are as follows. When, if ever, is one either permitted or obligated to resort to war? If the resort to war is ever justified, what are the limits on how a war may be fought? Are these limits on its conduct a necessary condition of a just war, or might extreme situations arise in which some of these limits may justifiably be ignored? Some of the arguments for the conclusion that war is never permissible, much less obligatory, rest on features of war that are not unique to it.

Keywords: ethical question, war, resort to war, conduct of war, just war, war obligations

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.