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Single Idea 7292

[catalogued under 25. Social Practice / E. Policies / 1. War / a. Just wars]

Full Idea

To Aquinas's three conditions for war (Idea 7291) modern theorists have added two others: that to be just a war must have a reasonable chance of success, and that the means used to conduct it must be proportional to the ends sought.

Gist of Idea

War must also have a good chance of success, and be waged with moderation


A.C. Grayling (Among the Dead Cities [2006], Ch.6)

Book Reference

Grayling,A.C.: 'Among the Dead Cities' [Bloomsbury 2006], p.212

A Reaction

These two principles strike me as being much more civilized and humane than Aquinas's original contribution, suggesting that in our theoretical thinking we might be making some progress.