Dangers of Deterrence: Philosophers on Nuclear Strategy (Hardcover)

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Dangers of Deterrence: Philosophers on Nuclear Strategy (Hardcover)

By Nigel Blake (Editor), Kay Pole (Editor)

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Europe has everything to lose from nuclear war, and nothing to gain from it. Yet it is nuclear deterrence that we are relying on to shield us from war. More and more people are coming to believe that security under a nuclear shield is an illusion, and that nuclear deterrence embodies a dangerous paradox. It is too close to provocation, it cannot prevent nuclear blackmail, and its short-term success can only lead to proliferation and ultimate instability. In this book, originally published in 1983, philosophers go behind the rhetoric of the nuclear debate and analyse the dangers of deterrence.

The contributors all share a concern about the radical confusions that have arisen concerning nuclear deterrence. Showing how unilateral arguments can be developed from hard-headed political and military considerations, they stress their belief that carefully managed unilateralism is the best method for securing the political independence of Western Europe. The doctrine is not founded on sheer moral idealism. This book will be essential reading for anyone engaged in the public discussion of defence policy.

Product Details ISBN: 9780367535131
ISBN-10: 0367535130
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: December 2nd, 2020
Pages: 194
Language: English