In this paper I will try to explain the morality of war to the best of my abilities. The definition of morality according to the American Heritage Dictionary is a system of ideas of right and wrong conduct. Orends lengthy discussion on postwar justice or postwar post Morality of War " Brian Orend's The Morality of War promises to become the single most comprehensive and important book on just war for this generation.
It moves far beyond the review of the standard just war categories to deal comprehensively with the new challenges of the conflict with terrorism. Brian Orend outlines the history and the relevance of this particular form of morality in his book The Morality of War.
Orend traces the Just War tradition from its beginnings in classical times all the way to the present day in light of the 911 attacks and after. The Morality of War, 2006, 289 pages, Brian Orend, Broadview Press, 2006 This is a collection of original essays by some of the leading moral and political thinkers of our time on the ethical and legal implications of humanitarian military. In this extract from Brian Orends book The Morality of War (Chapter 9) the author considers the arguments for Pacifism.
the book also gives a useful summary of Jus post bellum (the conditions for a just settlement after war has ceased). difficult to reconcile recourse to war with the simple demands of morality. If war involves killing, and if killing is wrong on its face, then warfare should be rejected as wrong. Brian Orend has written a wonderfully lucid and bravely innovative account of just war theory. Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Brian Orend has written an ideal introduction to the morality of war: engaging, accessible, comprehensive, historically informed and bang up to date.
Orend is an active, awardwinning writer and public speaker. He focuses on three topics: 1) war and peace; 2) human rights; and 3) happiness. He is perhaps bestknown for his work on justice after war, i.
e.the ethics of postwar reconstruction. Orend is the author of six books, with two more forthcoming. In Brian Orends book, Morality of War, he states, War is an actual, intentional and widespread armed conflict between political communities wherein the ultimate objective is to force the other side to accept ones will regarding governance (Orend).
" Brian Orend's The Morality of War promises to become the single most comprehensive and important book on just war for this generation. It moves far beyond the review of the standard just war categories to deal comprehensively with the new challenges of the conflict with terrorism. Brian Orend has written an ideal introduction to the morality of war: engaging, accessible, comprehensive, historically informed and bang up to date. Here are all the major issues, sensitively discussed with the aid of vivid case studies and examples.
Review of Brian Orend's" The Morality of War" OREND, Brian. The Morality of War. Broadview Press. 2006. Michael Walzers contribution to Just War doctrine is widely recognized today. I do not know if Orend was Walzers personal disciple, but he is certainly one of his most enthusiastic followers. Despite its tremendous relevance, Some reject the very idea of the morality of war.
Of those, some deny that morality applies at all once the guns strike up; for others, no plausible moral theory could license the exceptional horrors of war. The first group are sometimes called realists.
The second group are pacifists.