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War by Agreement: A Contractarian Ethics of War

War by Agreement: A Contractarian Ethics of War

| October 2021
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Since the 1970s, when the Vietnam War sparked massive opposition across the United States, philosophers and other academics have written a great deal about the theory of war. At the same time, there has been a parallel flourishing of writing on contractarianism in philosophy and political theory. But there has been no systematic or sustained work that combines both areas of inquiry—a contractarian treatment of the laws of war—until now.

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On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community

On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community

| August 2021
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Pauline Shanks Kaurin has written an important, engaging, and timely book on obedience. As her book’s subtitle suggests, it is a work of military ethics that is also concerned with civil matters.

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The Laws of War in International Thought

The Laws of War in International Thought

| August 2021
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Essential reading for any scholar interested in the laws and ethics of war, The Laws of War in International Thought reopens the questions pertaining to the relation between the laws of war and the just war tradition

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No Refuge: Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis

No Refuge: Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis

| August 2021
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In No Refuge: Ethics and the Global Refugee Crisis, Serena Parekh masterfully accomplishes a goal that often eludes many publicly engaged philosophers: to advance an insightful, original argument on an important moral issue that is both accessible to a general audience and illuminating to theorists who are deeply immersed in the relevant academic debates.

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The Consequences of National Humiliation

The Consequences of National Humiliation

| May 2021
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If a humiliated tree falls in a forest, but our methodological tools do not allow us to perceive or verify it, what of the tree? Does it exist? Can we study it? Should we care?

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Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality

Interrogation and Torture: Integrating Efficacy with Law and Morality

| May 2021
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It is ironic that there exists virtually no systematic research that assesses the effectiveness of torture in gaining accurate information.

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Territorial Sovereignty: A Philosophical Exploration

Territorial Sovereignty: A Philosophical Exploration

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Anna Stilz’s Territorial Sovereignty offers a robust defense of the international system of states, understood as self-governing, spatial units with territorial boundaries that make and enforce collective rules.

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The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide

The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide

| January 2021
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The book explores and clearly delineates how the first political order, that of the relationship between a husband and wife in the home, and how women are treated within this relationship, is reflected in the political order that has developed in that society and influences the degree of stability, wealth, and peacefulness of the nation-state.

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