PHIL/POLI/PWAD 272.001 – The Ethics of Peace, War, and Defense
Instructor: Myraeka d’Leeuwen. This course meets MTWRF 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. via remote synchronous (RS) instruction.
War, by its nature, seems to involve the transgression of some of our most fundamental moral convictions. This course investigates the nature of and possible justifications for those transgressions through the lens of concepts such as autonomy, responsibility, agency, and the right to self-defense. We will attempt to answer questions including: Is war ever permissible? What, if anything, distinguishes terrorism from war? Is military intervention justified when done in the name of defending human rights? What are our duties towards refugees? How does the involvement of emerging technologies in warfare impact the justification for surveillance and deadly force? What distinguishes a civilian from a militant? We will also consider what feminist and post-colonial philosophers have to say about the moral status of war and its participants and will apply many of these conversations to contemporary conflicts.