Soft War

The Ethics of Unarmed Conflict

by Michael L. Gross, Tamar Meisels, Michael Walzer

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  • 9781107132245
  • 9781108239493
  • 9781108238892
Just war theory focuses primarily on bodily harm, such as killing, maiming, and torture, while other harms are often largely overlooked. At the same time, contemporary international conflicts increasingly involve the use of unarmed tactics, employing 'softer' alternatives or supplements to kinetic power that have not been sufficiently addressed by the ethics of war or international law. Soft war tactics include cyber-warfare and economic sanctions, media warfare, and propaganda, as well as non-violent resistance as it plays out in civil disobedience, boycotts, and 'lawfare.' While the just war tradition has much to say about 'hard' war - bullets, bombs, and bayonets - it is virtually silent on the subject of 'soft' war. Soft War: The Ethics of Unarmed Conflict illuminates this neglected aspect of international conflict.

  • Cambridge University Press; June 2017
  • ISBN: 9781108239493
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  • Title: Soft War
  • Author: Michael L. Gross (ed.); Tamar Meisels (ed.); Michael Walzer (other)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Subject categories
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  • 9781107132245
  • 9781108239493
  • 9781108238892

In The Press

'For many years, philosophers and military ethicists have focused on the rights and wrongs of physical violence - understandably so. But war can take subtler forms. Economic sanctions, cyber warfare, propaganda, and 'psyops' can have dangerous and devastating effects; nonviolence can sometimes prevail over armed might. This superb collection is a pioneering effort to analyze the ethics of 'soft war.' The authors include some of the leading theorists of just war, and their essays shed welcome light at a time when we need it. It's a must-read for anyone interested in today's conflicts - philosophers, security specialists, military ethicists, and concerned citizens.' David Luban, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

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ISBNs
  • 9781107132245
  • 9781108239493
  • 9781108238892