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2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PL 4620 - Just War and International Ethics

(PS 4620 )
An intensive study of the classical debate about the “just war,” which broadly asks on what grounds one society can, in good conscience, prosecute war against another. Thinkers covered will include: Thucydides, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, Grotius, and Clausewitz. Consideration of the just war is still relevant today as nations seek to apply moral principles to the problem of terrorism. The course will also examine in what ways ethical principles pertain to international relations, and will reflect on the entire spectrum of political relations between countries and international groups. Questions about the legitimacy of one state to interfere in the affairs of another will be a special focus, with attention to recent revolutions and conflicts.

Prerequisite: PL 3100  or PL 3150 .