Journal of Military Ethics 15 (1):36-57 (2016)

Greg Janzen
University of Calgary (PhD)
According to just war theory, a resort to war is justified only if it satisfies the right intention condition. This article offers a critical examination of this condition, defending the thesis that, despite its venerable history as part of the just war tradition, it ought to be jettisoned. When properly understood, it turns out to be an unnecessary element of jus ad bellum, adding nothing essential to our assessments of the justice of armed conflict.
Keywords just war theory  right intention  just cause  jus ad bellum  jus in bello  proportionality
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DOI 10.1080/15027570.2016.1170370
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