Krigsetik: Retfærdig krig

Janarthane Kukanakanthan, Raymund Erland Capiral Brus Nelausen, Jonathan Nøhr Jakobsen, Mohamoud Abdi & Nicolai Nørregaard Børninck

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This project aims to shed light on what a just war is. We seek to examine whether the war in Iraq was conducted on equitable basis or not.
We live in a reality, where war is always present. We have witnessed the impact of war and the death and destruction it leaves behind. Among other things, losses of soldiers and civilian lives.
After the United States of America decided to invade Iraq, there has been an everlasting debate on whether the war was conducted on a just basis or not, mainly because they didn’t get approval from the UN authority. This project gives an account of two relevant classic philosophical approaches and a theory, which we will use to shed light on whether or not the Iraq war, was carried on inequitable basis, and the question: What is a just war? According to the utilitarian mindset a war is justified if there are no other possible alternatives, other than war. According to deontological thinking, a just war, is a war, conducted with good intentions, and in which you must only follow the rules that are made with good intention. The last theory we will make use of, is the Just War Theory. This theory is made of different set of principles, one must obey in order to conduct a just war. This project will also contain a philological discussion on the principles of a just war.

We have concluded that the closest way to describe a just war is through various perspectives, and several principles. The best combination of these perspectives and principles are seen in Jus ad Bellum, which is a part of Just War Theory. The United States did not follow all six principles of Jus ad Bellum, and therefore we can conclude that according to Just War Theory, the invasion of Iraq was not justified.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2016
Antal sider42
VejledereLars Axel Petersen


  • Retfærdig krig
  • Irakkrigen
  • utilitarisme
  • deontologi
  • Just war theory