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Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument With Historical Illustrations

Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument With Historical Illustrations Description:

From the Athenian attack on Melos to the My Lai Massacre from the wars in the Balkans through the first war in Iraq Michael Walzer examines the moral issues surrounding military theory war crimes and the spoils of war He studies a variety of conflicts over the course of history as well as the testimony of those who have been most directly involved participants decision makers and victims In his introduction to this new edition Walzer specifically addresses the moral issues surrounding the war in and occupation of Iraq reminding us once again that the argument about war and justice is still a political and moral necessity

Rating: 3.41 out of 5

Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality

Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality Description:

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Rating: 3.74 out of 5

Exodus and Revolution

Exodus and Revolution Description:

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Rating: 3.37 out of 5

Arguing About War

Arguing About War Description:

Michael Walzer is one of the world s most eminent philosophers on the subject of war and ethics Now for the first time since his classic i Just and Unjust Wars i was published almost three decades ago this volume brings together his most provocative arguments about contemporary military conflicts and the ethical issues they raise The essays in the book are divided into three sections The first deals with issues such as humanitarian intervention emergency ethics and terrorism The second consists of Walzer s responses to particular wars including the first Gulf War Kosovo Afghanistan and Iraq And the third presents an essay in which Walzer imagines a future in which war might play a less significant part in our lives In his introduction Walzer reveals how his thinking has changed over time Written during a period of intense debate over the proper use of armed force this book gets to the heart of difficult problems and argues persuasively for a moral perspective on war

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

On Toleration

On Toleration Description:

What kinds of political arrangements enable people from different national racial religious or ethnic groups to live together in peace In this book one of the most influential political theorists of our time discusses the politics of toleration Michael Walzer examines five regimes of toleration from multinational empires to immigrant societies and describes the strengths and weaknesses of each regime as well as the varying forms of toleration and exclusion each fosters Walzer shows how power class and gender interact with religion race and ethnicity in the different regimes and discusses how toleration works and how it should work in multicultural societies like the United States br br Walzer offers an eloquent defense of toleration group differences and pluralism moving quickly from theory to practical issues concrete examples and hard questions His concluding argument is focused on the contemporary United States and represents an effort to join and advance the debates about culture war the politics of difference and the disuniting of America Although he takes a grim view of contemporary politics he is optimistic about the possibility of coexistence cultural pluralism and a common citizenship can go together he suggests in a strong and egalitarian democracy br

Rating: 3.37 out of 5

Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad

Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad Description:

In this book Michael Walzer revises and extends the arguments first put forth in his influential i Spheres of Justice i and frames his ideas about justice social criticism and national identity in light of the new political world that has arisen in the past decade

Rating: 3.72 out of 5

The Revolution of the Saints: A Study in the Origins of Radical Politics

The Revolution of the Saints: A Study in the Origins of Radical Politics Description:

i The Revolution of the Saints i is a study both historical and sociological of the radical political response of the Puritans to disorder It interprets and analyzes Calvinism as the first modern expression of an unremitting determination to transform on the basis of an ideology the existing political and moral order Michael Walzer examines in detail the circumstances and ideological options of the Puritan intelligentsia and gentry He sees Puritanism in sharp contrast to some generally accepted views as the political theory of intellectuals and gentlemen attempting to create a new government and society

Rating: 3.28 out of 5

In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible

In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible Description:

In this eagerly awaited book political theorist Michael Walzer reports his findings after decades of thinking about the politics of the Hebrew Bible Attentive to nuance while engagingly straightforward Walzer examines the laws the histories the prophecies and the wisdom of the ancient biblical writers and discusses their views on such central political questions as justice hierarchy war the authority of kings and priests and the experience of exile br br Because there are many biblical writers with differing views pluralism is a central feature of biblical politics Yet pluralism Walzer observes is never explicitly defended in the Bible indeed it couldn t be defended since God s word had to be as singular as God himself Yet different political regimes are described in the biblical texts and there are conflicting political arguments and also a recurrent anti political argument if you have faith in God you have no need for strong institutions prudent leaders or reformist policies At the same time however in the books of law and prophecy the people of Israel are called upon to overcome oppression and let justice well up like water righteousness like an unfailing stream

Rating: 3.66 out of 5

The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions

The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions Description:

b A thought provoking reflection on why secular national liberation movements are so often challenged by militant religious revivals b br br Many of the successful campaigns for national liberation in the years following World War II were initially based on democratic and secular ideals Once established however the newly independent nations had to deal with entirely unexpected religious fierceness Michael Walzer one of America s foremost political thinkers examines this perplexing trend by studying India Israel and Algeria three nations whose founding principles and institutions have been sharply attacked by three completely different groups of religious revivalists Hindu militants ultra Orthodox Jews and messianic Zionists and Islamic radicals In his provocative well reasoned discussion Walzer asks Why have these secular democratic movements been unable to reproduce their political culture beyond one or two generations In a postscript he compares the difficulties of contemporary secularism to the successful establishment of secular politics in the early American republic thereby making an argument for American exceptionalism but gravely noting that we may be less exceptional today

Rating: 3.51 out of 5

Politics and Passion: Toward a More Egalitarian Liberalism

Politics and Passion: Toward a More Egalitarian Liberalism Description:

Distinguished political philosopher Michael Walzer offers a provocative reappraisal of the core tenets of liberalism Ranging over contested issues including multiculturalism pluralism difference civil society and racial and gender justice he suggest ways in which liberal theory might be revised to make it more hospitable to the claims of equality br An elegant and probing critique of contemporary liberal thought G John Ikenberry i Foreign Affairs br i With his usual originality clarity depth and intelligent judgments Michael Walzer offers a perspective on political life that reveals serious inadequacies in standard liberal views and points to directions of change Robert Dahl Sterling Professor Emeritus Yale University

Rating: 3.67 out of 5