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Metaphysical And Moral Context

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This chapter explores the origins and development of the medieval Just War Tradition. It explains how this relates to the metaphysical understanding of the way that the Divine Plan was unfolding on Earth. The chapter establishes two authors in particular, Honoré Bouvet and Christine de Pizan and their contribution to chivalric thought in this area with specific reference to the way that they viewed the use of surprise and deception in this context. The Doctrine of Double Effect is the idea that individuals are not morally responsible for a foreseeable, yet unintended side-effect of an otherwise legitimate action. The chapter briefly covers Bouvets metaphysical appreciation of the role of war in the Divine plan. The chapter analyses the part of the Fayttes of Armes and Chyvalrye by Christine de Pizan that was based specifically upon Bouvets Tree.

Keywords: Christine de Pizan; Honoré Bouvet's Tree; just war tradition



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