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The Morality of Peacekeeping$
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Daniel H. Levine

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748675890

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748675890.001.0001

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Minimum Use of Force (B)

Minimum Use of Force (B)

Peacekeeper Violence

(p.193) Chapter 6 Minimum Use of Force (B)
The Morality of Peacekeeping

Daniel H. Levine

Edinburgh University Press

Even when peacekeepers are justified in resorting to force, we must recognize the serious impact that violence can have on individuals and the social fabric of a community – especially a community that has already been traumatized by the kind of violence peacekeepers are deployed to address. This chapter draws on philosophical work on death, violence, and mourning, as well as on psychological research on the impacts of violence on individuals and society. It argues that peacekeepers must not only seek to limit their use of violence, but take serious steps to publicly recognize the tragic and destructive nature of violence, even when they may have had no better options.

Keywords:   Peacekeeping, Violence, War, Use of Force, Elaine Scarry, Sara Ruddick, Judith Butler

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