Political Theory and Public Law

GOVT 86.01

Multiculturalism

GOVT 86.03

Contemporary Political Theory

GOVT 86.18

Contemporary Readings on Justice

GOVT 86.24

Machiavelli

GOVT 86.25

Adam Smith and Political Economy

GOVT 86.26

Prophets on Trial

GOVT 86.27

Ethics of the Family

Govt 86.30

Current Research in Social/Political Philosophy (Identical to Phil 50.21)

Govt 86.31

The Political Philosophy of Nietzsche

GOVT 86.32

Toqueville's Democracy in America

GOVT 86.33

Wittgenstein and Contemporary Politics

Govt 86.34

Ethics, Economics, and the Environment

GOVT 86.35

Feminist Theory

GOVT 86.37

The Ethics of War and Peace

Course Description:

The danger of nuclear war threatens the survival of life on earth. Nothing could be more urgent now than to address the moral issues raised by the violence of war. What is war? A conflict between governments or between peoples? Is war ever permissible? Should there be moral constraints in the conduct of war? Are such constraints feasible? What is peace? The absence of war? Or true friendship between peoples? We shall be reading classic and contemporary authors about the nature of war and peace. We conclude by considering arguments for non-violence in the thought of Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Can non-violent resistance prevent wars?