U.S. Role In The World

Just Prudence: Defending Aquinas on Preemption, Prevention, & Decisiveness in War

By Robert G. Kaufman ● Providence ● 09/27/2017


When martial force becomes necessary, the just war tradition has contributed nobly to mitigating the tragedy of war by instilling a disposition to avoid moral evil and to pursue instead the greatest possible good. As is well known, statesmen must satisfy two sets of requirements for a war to qualify as just: the jus ad bellum—when it is just to fight; and the jus in bello—how to fight justly.

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