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Philosophy Talk: Just War Theory

Dr. Saba Bazargan of UCSD’s Philosophy Department discusses the concept of Just War Theory, which deals with the justification of how and why wars are fought. Is there such a thing as a good war? And can a war, with its violence and legacy of suffering, ever be considered just?

Just War Theory (or bellum iustum) is a doctrine of military ethics studied by moral theologians, ethicists and international policy makers which holds that a conflict can and ought to meet the criteria of philosophical, religious or political justice provided it follows certain conditions.

About Dr. Saba Bazargan:
Bazargan’s primary interests are in applied ethics and normative ethics. He is currently working on revisionist theories of Just War according to which the moral permissibility of imposing harms in warfare depends on the justness of the war being fought. He also works on theories of individual responsibility for collectively committed harms.

Time: Monday, March 14, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

Location: Central Library, 820 E Street, San Diego, CA 92101. Google Map.

Contact: 619-236-5800

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