Discipline: Political Science
Ethical assessment of war, often discussed by medieval Christian theorists.
Whilst war causes injury, some wars are justifiable (ius ad bello) if their object is morally justifiable, and if there is a proportionate relation between ends and means (ius in bello).
David Miller et al., eds, The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (Oxford, 1987)
Also see:· casus belli