John Keown

John Keown is Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics of Georgetown University.

America’s Unjust Revolution: What British Tyranny?

 

Mark Tooley has probably done as well as anyone could in his attempt to reconcile the American Revolution with the “just war” tradition. He is, however, hammering a square peg into a round hole. His third blow is no more successful than his previous two. He wonders (again) if I am opposed to all war. […]

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America’s Unjust Revolution: A Second Rejoinder to Mark Tooley

 

Mark Tooley’s second attempt to rebut my case that America’s War for Independence was unjust fares little better than his first. It is stronger on rhetoric than reason, not least because it evades central questions raised in my paper in the Journal of Catholic Social Thought and engages with ethically irrelevant questions. He begins by […]

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America’s Unjust Revolution: A Rejoinder to Mark Tooley

 

Mark Tooley has kindly replied to my paper which argued that America’s War for Independence was unjust. His reply, much of which is taken up with a broadly accurate summary of my paper, makes some interesting points. It fails, however, to dent my argument. Tooley begins and ends by targeting the “Religious Left” for trying […]

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