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The Ethics of Peace and War: From The Ancient World to the Present


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This course will explore historical, ethical and political issues concerned with matters of peace and war. We will examine a variety of different texts: religious, historical, philosophical and literary, but the main emphasis will be philosophical justifications for war and philosophical visions of just peace, with an eye to contemporary questions in the War on Terror. To the extent that we use non-philosophical texts, this will be in the service of focusing the imagination on the philosophical issues and applying theoretical frameworks to historical events.