"On War and Democracy" by Christopher Kutz [Full text]

Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 30.4 (Winter 2016)

December 15, 2016

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Review by John Keane

On War and Democracy, Christopher Kutz (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016), 344 pp., $39.95 cloth.

Among the most challenging questions in the field of political ethics is why democracies harbor and perpetrate violence, and whether they are duty-bound to protect others—for instance, through military intervention in support of people in faraway lands victimized by insufferable bullying or life-threatening violence. Matters are not made easier by the inner confusions of democratic ethics, or by the not unrelated fact that the subject of democracy only entered the disciplinary field of international relations belatedly, principally during the past several decades.

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