Course Details

Law and Morality in War

The course presents the traditional just war theory, as it is developed in Michael Walzer's Just and Unjust Wars. We will then study two cosmopolitan critiques of the traditional regime. Both take the traditional theory to be statist and therefore flawed. The first critique targets the law that allows states to have obedient armies and to defend their political independence and territorial integrity by waging wars that involve killing. The second critique targets the legal permission conferred on soldiers to take part in unjust wars, and to kill combatants who fight with a just cause. Finally, I will present my contractarian case for the traditional war convention, which presents it as a fair, mutually beneficial (and therefore morally valid) contract between decent states. Note: This is a 1 credit course that will only meet on the following dates:9/24, 9/25, 10/1, 10/2, 10/8, 10/9, 10/15, and 10/16.

Catalog Number: CONPUB 733


Course History

Fall 2015
Title: Law and Morality in War
Faculty: Benbaji, Ofer Yitzhak
Section: 1     Credits: 1.0
Capacity: 15     Actual: 13