A Defense of the Traditional War Convention*

  title={A Defense of the Traditional War Convention*},
  author={Yitzhak Benbaji},
  pages={464 - 495}
The language of self-defense is used both in justifying wars and in articulating what is right and wrong within wars. In particular, the traditional war ethic, especially as Michael Walzer formulates it in his Just and Unjust Wars, strongly suggests that a just war is a large-scale exercise of the right of self-defense. Yet, critics of this traditional doctrine insist that, in fact, the war convention reflects a particularly repugnant conception of the right of self-defense: “The just war… 
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