, Volume 87, Number 2

Christian Barry

In the past decade a group of philosophers has begun to pose fundamental questions about the reigning theory of the morality of armed conflict warfare - just war theory - as formulated by Michael Walzer and others. Jeff McMahan's concise, inventive and tightly argued work Killing in war is the most important of these challenges to the reigning theory of the just war. This review article discusses McMahan's work, some of the critical attention it has received, and its potential implications for practice.

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