Nolen Gertz

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Residents inspect damage from what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Douma, eastern Ghouta, near Damascus in October. (Bassam Khabieh/Reuters)

Shortly after British lawmakers voted to authorize military airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, philosopher A.C. Grayling tweeted, “War is an evil only ever justified by engaging in it to abate a greater evil.” This sentiment belongs to the tradition known as just war, the intellectual tradition of attempting to determine how best to — as Grayling makes clear — weigh evils.

The language of “evil” here is important. Though the tradition of just war has antecedents that go back at least as far as Ancient Greece, its most systematic form comes out of Catholic scholarship, in particular the work of Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas.…  Seguir leyendo »