PHIL 238
Justice, Terrorism, and Weapons of Mass Destruction Fall 2009
Division II
Cross-listed PSCI 237 / PHIL 238
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What is generally known as Just War Theory (JWT), first clearly formulated by Augustine and then developing both theistic and non-theistic variants, both of which have been forced to adapt as technological advances have brought with them new forms of violence that the theories must take into consideration, are currently challenged by terrorism, torture, and weapons of mass destruction. This seminar will review prominent current forms of JWT, examining how each deals with these challenges; its goal will be to discover, or perhaps in part to formulate, the currently best available theory concerning the political ethics of torture, terrorism, counterterrorism, and the production and uses of weapons of mass destruction.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance, preparation, participation; regular short writing assignments and/or class presentations; a term paper (10-15 pages)
Prerequisites: Philosophy 101 or Political Science 203 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: prospective and current Philosophy and Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI 237 Division II PHIL 238 Division II

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