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date: 17 September 2021

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This chapter discusses the morality of ending wars. It argues that there is a distinct set of moral concerns captured by the notion of jus ex bello. It argues that the morality of the continued prosecution of the war is not determined by its antecedent satisfaction or violation of the requirements of jus ad bellum. It discusses in considerable detail an issue that has been the focus of much discussion in current debates about jus ex bello; namely, whether the discrepancy between the ante bellum reasonable projection of the expected moral costs of the war and the subsequent actual moral costs should change our judgment of the war’s morally permissible costs. And it discusses an area of jus ex bello that remains underexplored in current debates, but about which there was some discussion in the modern period: namely, how to end a war that ought to be ended.

Keywords: morality, wars, jus ex bello, ad bellum, ante bellum, ending wars

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