Just War Theory (21556). 3 units. This seminar will explore classic just war theory and discuss whether it is still applicable to modern military conflicts, and the distinctive challenges that they present. After reading classical texts by, among others, Aquinas, Grotius, and Kant, students will read the works of modern classic war theorists, such as Walzer and McMahan. By examining current challenges to just war theory and international law, such as preemptive warfare, humanitarian intervention, targeted killings, drones, and cyber warfare, we will explore the question of whether just war theory should be modified and, if so, how. Paper required. Enrollment limited. Also PHIL 467b/667b. S.J. Shapiro and A. Voloj Dessauer.
Note: Preference will be given to those who used a first-choice bid for Law and War (Hathaway/Shapiro) in the fall term.
Note: This seminar will follow the Yale College calendar.