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Michael Walzer

Autor/a de Just and Unjust Wars

55+ obres 4,036 Membres 34 Ressenyes 7 preferits

Sobre l'autor

Michael Walzer is professor emeritus of social science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, and the author of many widely heralded books, including Spheres of Injustice, Exodus and Revolution, and The Company of Critics. He lives in Princeton and New York.


Obres de Michael Walzer

Just and Unjust Wars (1977) 1,212 exemplars
The Idea of Justice (2009) 767 exemplars
Exodus and Revolution (1985) 228 exemplars
Traité sur la tolérance (1997) 171 exemplars
Arguing About War (2004) 148 exemplars
What It Means to Be an American (1992) 25 exemplars
A Foreign Policy for the Left (2018) 24 exemplars
Toward a Global Civil Society (1995) — Editor — 11 exemplars
Sallivusest (1998) 6 exemplars
Pluralisme et démocratie (1997) 2 exemplars
The Obligation to Disobey (1991) 1 exemplars
Dissent, Fall '95 1 exemplars
Spór o wojnę (2006) 1 exemplars
Argument frn̄ vñster (1997) 1 exemplars
La soif du gain (2010) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Multiculturalism: Examining the Politics of Recognition (1992) — Col·laborador — 421 exemplars
Philosophical Issues: A Contemporary Introduction (1972) — Col·laborador — 17 exemplars


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Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
New York, New York, USA
Llocs de residència
England, UK
Harvard University (PhD - Government)
University of Cambridge
Brandeis University (BA - History)
political theorist
Leavitt, Judith Walzer (sister)
Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Dissent (editor)
Premis i honors
Spinoza Lens (2008)
Biografia breu
As a professor, author, editor, and lecturer, Michael Walzer has addressed a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy: political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state.  His books (among them Just and Unjust Wars, Spheres of Justice, The Company of Critics, Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad, On Toleration, and Politics and Passion) and essays have played a part in the revival of practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life.  Walzer is a contributing editor for The New Republic and co-editor of Dissent, now in its 59th year.  His articles and interviews appear frequently in the world’s foremost newspapers and journals. He is currently working on a series of lectures and then a book dealing with the successes and failures of “national liberation”--and also on the third volume of The Jewish Political Tradition, a comprehensive collaborative project focused on the history of Jewish political thought.  His most recent book is In God’s Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible (Yale University Press, 2012).



For the first time since his classic just and unjust wars was published almost 30 years ago, this volume brings together provocative arguments by preeminent political theorist Michael Walzer on contemporary military conflicts – including the Iraq war – and the ethical issues they raise. - from the publisher
PendleHillLibrary | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Sep 17, 2023 |
This book probably deserves 4 stars. So why only 3? Because I'm not a moral philosopher, lawyer, military historian, etc. and this was a very long read for me. That said, I did 'like' it and, moreover, it was worth slogging through.

Pros: Good questions (What *are* the morals of war? What is just war? What is justice *in* war?), and clear explanation of the viewpoint of the author.

Cons: There is a recurring "rights vs. utilitarianism" argument/tension throughout the book with the greater weight going to rights. Specifically the rights of non-combatants. This seems obvious... and yet I keep finding myself wondering...

There is a great (real-life) example in the book: soldiers clearing a village in WWII. Before throwing grenades into cellars the soldier in question shouts a warning down, taking on the risk of e.g. getting shot by hiding Germans soldiers. He shouts this warning in order to protect potential civilian victims. As it turns out there is a French family in one cellar, who come out at the last minute and are saved, essentially, by the risk taken by -the right action of- the soldier.

The book argues this is correct because the soldier has to take on soldierly risks (getting shot/surprised) to protect civilians even though it would be safer for him to just toss a grenade in each cellar without warning. The reason the soldier is required to do this is because... he's a soldier. When he picked up a gun, he took on this extra responsibility; the civilians, not having picked up guns, retain their peace-time rights (not to get shot, blown up, etc.) So long as the soldier holds his gun (figuratively, somewhat) he has lost some rights (namely, the right to not be shot) AND taken on extra responsibilities. (He gets his rights back, more or less, as soon as he puts down his gun.)

I think I see a problem in this because it creates a kind of perverse moral reward for not fighting. Those people who choose not to fight (say, the Nazis) offload moral duty to those who do "choose" to fight. The author goes through a lot of contortions dealing with this. Which is fine; he is not leaving it unaddressed, even if I don't think he ever calls it out in just this way. But all the discussion of "immoral means in moral causes" and such didn't leave me feeling that this has been satisfactorily addressed.

Which may be because there isn't a good, clean, simple answer.
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dcunning11235 | Hi ha 9 ressenyes més | Aug 12, 2023 |
Solid, if unusually flighty for Walzer.
DromJohn | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | May 25, 2021 |
Walzer argues in favour of an idea he calls "complex equality", and against the view that goods with different meaning and content can be lumped together into the larger category of primary goods, as is advocated by John Rawls, in his A Theory of Justice (1971).
aitastaes | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | May 22, 2021 |



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