Courses: Just War Theory (PHILH361B01)

Spring 2010

When is waging war justified? What moral restrictions apply to how war is waged? These questions about (a) when we may resort to war and (b) how we may conduct a war are the two main questions that Just War Theory addresses, and so they will be our overarching questions throughout this course. We will confront these questions somewhat indirectly, though, by focusing on important and pressing contemporary problems in the morality of warfare, including preventive war, terrorism, torture, ‘supreme emergency’, humanitarian intervention and civilian immunity from bombing. Readings are drawn from contemporary sources in philosophy but also in political science and international relations.

Fulfills: HU III

Department

Philosophy (Web site)

Taught By

Daniel Koltonski (Profile)

Meeting Times

MW 2:30-4:00