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Nuclear Ethics
Nuclear Ethics
By Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Free Press, 1986, 162 pp

Ethical discussions of nuclear weapons usually lead either to moral outrage or ideological dogmatism. This does neither, perhaps because the author, in contrast to most writers on the morality of nuclear weapons, knows arms control issues well and has himself been a senior government practitioner. Nye believes that deterrence can be "just," but he approaches nuclear weapons with utmost restraint and sets out principles for avoiding nuclear war. This is a probing, personal statement, the product of an original mind tempered by the realism that comes with knowledge of the facts.