Catholic Realism and the Abolition of War

by David Carroll Cochran

Catholic Realism and the Abolition of War
Publication date: 2014-02-10
Number of pages: 256
ISBN: 9781626980747

Argues that the same social forces that have overturned other modes of violence can also end war.

Is war an inevitable and inescapable reality of the human condition? While arguments in favour of the judicious use of warfare (such as just war theory) often rely on what seem like commonsense or realistic attitudes toward the necessity of violence in an imperfect world, other forms of institutionalized violence, such as vendettas and duels, slavery and lynching, were also often accepted as commonplaces in American society. Through a gradual and reinforcing process of changing social attitudes as well as public policies, humanity can move toward the eventual elimination of war as an acceptable form of violence just as it has moved, albeit slowly and unevenly, toward the abolition of these other forms of institutional violence.

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