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Just War Theory

Thomas Aquinas' Just War Theory for 6b RS Ethics

Charlotte Tyndall

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Just War Theory

Just War Theory War Can be defined as armed hostilities between peoples. 'In starting and waging a war, it is not right that matters but victory' - Hitler

Do we agree? Types of war: Between different nations
Between different parties within a nation, e.g. a civil war
Between one small group and a state, as in guerilla warfare Examples of war: World War I
World War II
Vietnam War
Bosnia/Serbia War
Gulf War 55% of victims in WW2 were civilians In the war in Sudan in 1998, 97% of casualties were civilians Change for the worse - at the start of the 20th century, 9 out of 10 casualties of war were soldiers, at the start of the 21st century 9 out of 10 casualties were civilians. Christian Approaches to wars Early Christians followed Jesus' teachings on non-violence literally and thus opposed warfare of any sort. But, when the Roman Empire was converted to Christianity, under Emperor Constantine in the 4th century, new teachings on war had to be developed. After all, what's a Roman Christian soldier supposed to do? The use of war and armed forces by STATES became justifiable and marked the beginning of a long history of Just War Theories. 2 key questions: When is it permissible to wage war? (jus in bello)
How ought warfare to be carried out? (jus ad bellum) thomas aquinas
(1224-74) Said that for a war to be just, THREE conditions had to be met: right cause
just authority
just intention What do you think Aquinas meant by these conditions? Francisco de Vitoria
(1548 - 1617) Added three further conditions: proportionality in conduct of war
only going to war as a last resort
only entering a war if there's a reasonable chance of succeeding
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