This issue includes Jeff McMahan on "Just Cause for War;" Whitley Kaufman on "What's Wrong with Preventive War?;" Alison M. Jaggar on "Global Justice for Women;" Paul Wapner and John Willoughby on "The Irony of Environmentalism;" and a review essay by Omar G. Encarnacion on coming to terms with Iraq.
Just Cause for War [Full Text]
A just cause for war is a type of wrong that may make those responsible for it morally liable to military attack as a means of preventing or rectifying it. This claim has implications that conflict with assumptions of the current theory of just war.
What's Wrong With Preventive War? The Moral and Legal Basis for the Use of Preventive Force [Abstract]
The question of the legitimacy of preventive war has been at the center of the debate about the proper response to terrorism and the legitimacy of the Iraq War.
Killing Naked Soldiers [Abstract]
The categories of "civilian" or "soldier,” “combatant" or “noncombatant,” are thought to be stable. Yet, the case of the naked soldier taking a bath challenges such stability in a way that illustrates the serious conceptual and normative problems with identifying such social groups.
"Saving Amina": Global Justice for Women and Intercultural Dialogue [Abstract]
Western moral and political theorists have devoted much attention to the victimization of women by non-western cultures. But, conceiving injustice to poor women in poor countries as a matter of their oppression by illiberal cultures yields an imcomplete understanding of their situation.
The Irony of Environmentalism: The Ecological Futility but Political Necessity of Lifestyle Change [Abstract]
Environmentalists argue that we need to reduce population and consumption to protect the environment, and that this is something we can all do by individually choosing to have smaller families and buying fewer products. This article questions the ecological impact of such choice.
Environmentality: Technologies of Government and the Making of Subjects [Full Text]
Agrawal's carefully constructed arguments create a framework for environmental policy analysis. One only wishes the message were in a language and form that would draw in policy and advocacy readers, not just scholars.
Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases [Full Text]
The authors suggest creating a scheme that offers new incentives for research on diseases disproportionately affecting the poor, with the goal of making development of neglected disease vaccines a lucrative endeavor for pharmaceutical companies.
Coming to Terms with Iraq
Omar G. Encarncion
BOOK REVIEWSJustice Beyond Borders: A Global Political Theory by Simon Caney
Reviewed by Thomas Pogge
The Limits of International Law by Jack L. Goldsmith and Eric A. Posner
Reviewed by Balakrishnan Rajagopal
Putting Liberalism in Its Place by Paul W. Kahn
Reviewed by Samuel Moyn
Solidarity: From Civic Friendship to a Global Legal Community by Hauke Brunkhorst, trans. Jeffrey Flynn
Reviewed by William E. Scheuerman