May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

PL 405 Ethics of War


Consideration of the ethical issues arising from war. Topics include the development of just war theory (from Augustine to Walzer), arguments for and against pacifism; conventions of international law (Geneva Conventions and beyond); certain issues of modern war (strategic bombing, weapons of mass destruction, declarations of war, terrorism, guerilla war, hostage taking, espionage, rights of prisoners, interrogation. Some case studies, such as Peloponnesian War (Thucydides), Crusades, medieval siege warfare, American Civil War (prisoner of war camps, Sherman’s march to the sea), World War I (Lusitania, gas, aerial bombing), World War II (strategic bombing and Dresden, Hiroshima, Pearl Harbor, prisoner of war camps, assassination of Yamamoto, trial of Yamashita, Nuremberg Trials), Algerian War (Battle of Algiers, torture), Vietnam (My Lai, assassination, use of napalm), and Iraq (Guatánomo, Abu Ghraib,
For upper level students and graduate students.