The Resource Just and unjust distributions in war : the moral equality of combatants and the normative structure of war, Ewan R. Mellor

Just and unjust distributions in war : the moral equality of combatants and the normative structure of war, Ewan R. Mellor

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Just and unjust distributions in war : the moral equality of combatants and the normative structure of war
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Just and unjust distributions in war
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the moral equality of combatants and the normative structure of war
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Ewan R. Mellor
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eng
Summary
This develops a defence of the principle of the moral equality of combatants against recent revisionist critiques. It does this by developing an interpretive and hermeneutical approach to the study of war and the just war tradition. This approach allows the meanings of war and of actions within war to be explored and it is on the basis of this understanding of meaning that the moral equality of combatants is defended. It shows that these meanings and distinctions cannot be recognized by the revisionists and that this is a moral and interpretive loss. The thesis develops the argument of Michael Walzer’s Spheres of Justice and applies it to war; it demonstrates that war has a distinct meaning and that the principles for distributing identities, rights, and responsibilities in war are relative to this meaning. The thesis begins by exploring the history of the just war tradition and the evolution of the concept of combatancy and the distinction between combatants and non-combatants in order to demonstrate how the just war tradition constitutes war as an institution. It then explores the contemporary debate and argues that whilst the traditional defences of the principle of the moral equality of combatants have been found wanting, the conclusions of the revisionists need not be accepted. To demonstrate this, the following chapters study a number of examples that highlight important and meaningful contrasts associated with both the jus in bello and the jus ad bellum. The final chapter introduces the concept of the normative structure of war and argues that the right to participate and to kill in war depends upon a public relationship of duty between soldiers and the state. The reciprocal relationships of duty are the source of the moral equality of combatants
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FIE
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Mellor, Ewan E
Date time place
Defence date: April 2017
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (SPS), 2017
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no index present
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non fiction
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theses
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European University Institute
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  • EUI PhD theses.
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  • War
  • Just war doctrine
  • Military ethics
  • Combat
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Just and unjust distributions in war : the moral equality of combatants and the normative structure of war, Ewan R. Mellor
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http://hdl.handle.net/1814/46006
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Examining Board: Professor Chris Reus-Smit, The University of Queensland, formerly European University Institut (Supervisor) ; Professor Jennifer Welsh, European University Institute ; Professor James Pattison, The University of Manchester ; Professor Peter Sutch, Cardiff University
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-186)
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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FIE
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30 cm.
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x, 186 pages
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)1088469734
Label
Just and unjust distributions in war : the moral equality of combatants and the normative structure of war, Ewan R. Mellor
Link
http://hdl.handle.net/1814/46006
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Professor Chris Reus-Smit, The University of Queensland, formerly European University Institut (Supervisor) ; Professor Jennifer Welsh, European University Institute ; Professor James Pattison, The University of Manchester ; Professor Peter Sutch, Cardiff University
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 177-186)
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
FIE
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
x, 186 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1088469734

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