The Morality of War, 2nd edition

The Morality of War, 2nd edition

by Brian Orend
  • academic
  • from-ontario
  • history-politics-current-affairs
  • war
The first edition of The Morality of War was one of the most widely-read and successful books ever written on the topic. In this second edition, Brian Orend builds on the substantial strengths of the first, adding important new material on: cyber-warfare; drone attacks; the wrap-up of Iraq and Afghanistan; conflicts in Libya and Syria; and protracted struggles (like the Arab-Israeli conflict). Updated and streamlined throughout, the book offers new research tools and case studies, while keeping the winning blend of theory and history featured in the first edition. This book remains an engaging and comprehensive examination of the ethics, and practice, of war and peace in today’s world.


Brian Orend, author

Brian Orend is Director of International Studies and a professor of philosophy at the University of Waterloo. He is the author of Human Rights: Concept and Context (Broadview Press, 2002), War and International Justice: A Kantian Perspective (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2000), and Michael Walzer on War and Justice (University of Wales Press, 2000). An active public speaker and media commentator, Orend has also contributed to The Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, MacLean’s Magazine, and The Toronto Star.


  • The decision to go to war is the ultimate moral challenge for leaders and citizens alike. Can war ever be justified? If so, how? This book illuminates the broad sweep of ideas, values and experiences that comprise the just war tradition. This second edition provides up-to-date examples of how age-old moral rules are being applied and tested in the twenty-first century. War is still a central element of the human experience. But Orend shows us that the use of force continues to be regulated by well-recognized and widely-accepted standards of morality and accountability. - Joel H. Rosenthal, President, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Link to review

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Broadview Press



rights available: World, excl. English

Additional Information

age range: University undergraduate

number of pages: 344

publication date: 09/10/2013

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book