INTRODUCTION

Critical scholarship questions the ontological and epistemological constructions that are taken to be “natural,” a “given,” or too long-standing to question.¹ Like security studies, terrorism studies, or international relations, the Just War tradition also contains such assumptions.² The Just War tr...

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Published in: The Future of Just War p. 1
Main Authors: Caron E. Gentry, Amy E. Eckert
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Georgia Press 01-15-2014
Subjects:
Law
War
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Summary: Critical scholarship questions the ontological and epistemological constructions that are taken to be “natural,” a “given,” or too long-standing to question.¹ Like security studies, terrorism studies, or international relations, the Just War tradition also contains such assumptions.² The Just War tradition assumes a particular epistemic perspective: in this current global system, the state isthelegitimate authority able to possess right intention, justify cause, and maneuver last resort and is the sole entity in possession of the ability to direct proportionate and discriminate violence. The presumptions in favor of the state can quickly lead to further presumptions that the state
ISBN: 9780820339504
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