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Conference Paper: The Mozi and Just War Theory in Pre-Han Thought

TitleThe Mozi and Just War Theory in Pre-Han Thought
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Issue Date2014
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The 2014 Workshop on International Perspectives in the Research of the Mohist Thought, Taipei, Taiwan, 18 October 2014. How to Cite?
2014年「墨家思想研究的國際視野」國際學術研討會, 臺灣, 國立臺灣大學哲學系暨研究所, 2014年10月18日. How to Cite?
AbstractChina’s Warring States era (481–221 BCE) was marked by cruel, destructive, recurring warfare between the seven major warring states and numerous minor states. This incessant violence gave rise to an impassioned anti-aggression discourse led by the early Warring States philosopher and social activist Mozi and his followers, the most well-known critics of armed aggression. Initially, the Mohists may have simply opposed all military aggression. Later, however, they developed the more nuanced view that, although unprovoked aggression is wrong, defensive warfare—including defensive assistance to cities or states other than one’s own—and punitive aggression are sometimes justified. The writings collected in the Mozi 墨子 implicitly present an elaborate set of criteria by which to evaluate the justification for war. This article will examine these criteria and explore the extent to which they overlap with justifying conditions widely accepted in contemporary just war theory. One key finding will be that the Mohist criteria are so stringent that offensive war can be justified only very rarely and even defensive war is not always warranted.
DescriptionConference Theme: International Perspectives in the Research of the Mohist Thought
主題: 墨家思想研究的國際視野
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/206899

 

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dc.contributor.authorFraser, CJen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-12-02T12:10:35Z-
dc.date.available2014-12-02T12:10:35Z-
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 2014 Workshop on International Perspectives in the Research of the Mohist Thought, Taipei, Taiwan, 18 October 2014.en_US
dc.identifier.citation2014年「墨家思想研究的國際視野」國際學術研討會, 臺灣, 國立臺灣大學哲學系暨研究所, 2014年10月18日.-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/206899-
dc.descriptionConference Theme: International Perspectives in the Research of the Mohist Thought-
dc.description主題: 墨家思想研究的國際視野-
dc.description.abstractChina’s Warring States era (481–221 BCE) was marked by cruel, destructive, recurring warfare between the seven major warring states and numerous minor states. This incessant violence gave rise to an impassioned anti-aggression discourse led by the early Warring States philosopher and social activist Mozi and his followers, the most well-known critics of armed aggression. Initially, the Mohists may have simply opposed all military aggression. Later, however, they developed the more nuanced view that, although unprovoked aggression is wrong, defensive warfare—including defensive assistance to cities or states other than one’s own—and punitive aggression are sometimes justified. The writings collected in the Mozi 墨子 implicitly present an elaborate set of criteria by which to evaluate the justification for war. This article will examine these criteria and explore the extent to which they overlap with justifying conditions widely accepted in contemporary just war theory. One key finding will be that the Mohist criteria are so stringent that offensive war can be justified only very rarely and even defensive war is not always warranted.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
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dc.relation.ispartof2014年「墨家思想研究的國際視野」國際學術研討會-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.titleThe Mozi and Just War Theory in Pre-Han Thoughten_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailFraser, CJ: fraser@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityFraser, CJ=rp01221en_US
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