Moral Victories: The Ethics of Winning Wars
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Andrew R. Hom, Cian O’Driscoll, and Kurt Mills, eds, Moral Victories: The Ethics of Winning Wars,Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
What does it mean to win a moral victory? In the history, practice, and theory of war, this question yields few clear answers. Wars often begin with ideals about just and decisive triumphs but descend into quagmires. In the just war and strategic studies traditions, assumptions about victory underpin legitimations for war but become problematic in discussions about its conduct and conclusion. After centuries of conflict, we still lack a clear understanding of victory or reliable resources for discerning its moral status, its implications for conduct in war, or its relationship to changing ways of war. This book brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to tackle such issues.