RSSRoundtable: The Ethics of Rebellion

Why We Need a Just Rebellion Theory

| January 2014
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Because these two influential streams of thought are in such tension with each other, our thinking about rebellion in the West tends to be piecemeal, driven more by gut reactions than by philosophical reasoning and careful political analysis. As a result, our responses to rebellion are scattered, unpredictable, and unfortunately often tragically misplaced.

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Christian Just War Reasoning and Two Cases of Rebellion: Ireland 1916–1921 and Syria 2011–Present

| January 2014
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Christian just war reasoning is conservative in its recognition that peaceful order is basic to all other forms of human flourishing, and so should not be disturbed needlessly. Nevertheless, it is morally critical in its awareness that sometimes peaceful order can be tyrannical or repressive to an extent that should not be borne.

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Muslim Discourse on Rebellion

| January 2014
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Within Islamic thought, the judgments pertaining to rebels–known as ahkam al-bughat–constitute a subset of the larger category of “judgments pertaining to armed struggle,” or ahkam al-jihad.

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<i>Ad Fontes</i>: The Question of Rebellion and Moral Tradition on the Use of Force

Ad Fontes: The Question of Rebellion and Moral Tradition on the Use of Force

| January 2014
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JAMES TURNER JOHNSON

On the older conception, the sovereign could use force against behavior that he understood as endangering the order, justice, and peace of his political community. But the division of Europe into Protestant and Catholic polities changed that.

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