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Reframing Asymmetrical Warfare: Beyond The Just War Idea

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This chapter begins with brief Aristotelian outlook to a contemporary epistemological paradigm and its potential in relation to the question of ethics of asymmetrical warfare. It presents the theoretical perspective both allowing and demanding a discursive and ethical shift from the idea of just war to just policing. The thesis of the accumulative articulation of Just War Idea (JWI) is however overshadowing the issue of what seems to be the primary ethic or ethical value behind JWI irrespective of the different sources of inspiration and its development. The chapter turns to a critique of just war thinking first by pointing at its ethical incoherencies and second by underlining its linguistic faults and problems. After this critique, the chapter discusses just policing as a coherent ethical framing of asymmetrical warfare and finally point in the direction of the more practical and educational consequences of this framing.

Keywords: Aristotle; asymmetrical warfare; Just War Idea (JWI)



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