David Luban

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The traditional theory of the just war comprises two sets of principles, one governing the resort to war (jus ad bellum) and the other governing the conduct of war (jus in bello). The two sets of principles are regarded, in Michael Walzer's words, as " logically independent. It is perfectly possible for a just war to be fought unjustly and for an unjust war(More)
[M]ost prisoners walk into prison because they know they will be dragged or beaten into prison if they do not walk. They do not organize force against being dragged because they know that if they wage this kind of battle they will lose—very possibly lose their lives. The experience of the prisoner is, from the outset, an experience of being violently(More)
Modern human rights instruments ground human rights in the concept of human dignity, without providing an underlying theory of human dignity. This paper examines the central importance of human dignity, understood as not humiliating people, in traditional Jewish ethics. It employs this conception of human dignity to examine and criticize U.S. use of(More)