Conclusion: The Normative, Political, and Temporal Dimensions of Moral Victories

Andrew Hom, Cian O'Driscoll, Kurt Mills

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Abstract

Despite the numerous issues with victory identified in this book, a traditional notion of victory still holds sway today. Therefore, this conclusion extracts shared themes, emerging tensions, and further avenues of inquiry running through the book as a whole. To do so, we highlight the normative, political, and temporal dimensions of moral victory. Normative includes the importance of moral context for thinking about victory and efforts to reinterpret such thinking in more ethical terms. Political pertains to the relationship between dramatized notions of victory, (relaxed) limits on fighting, and an opposite interest in restraint. And temporal concerns whether victories actually mark clean and durable endings to war as well as the creative use of time to negotiate victory differently. These issues also connect the volume to International Relations and Security Studies literatures. We close by proposing how these reflections on victory might help reconstruct the just war tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMoral Victories
Subtitle of host publicationThe Ethics of Winning Wars
EditorsAndrew R. Hom, Cian O'Driscoll, Kurt Mills
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages231-242
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780198801825
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • moral victory
  • normative
  • political
  • time and temporality
  • International Relations
  • security studies
  • just war tradition

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