This course will address two questions that political leaders and democratic citizens have had to answer again and again: When should we fight, and when not? How should we fight, and how not? Answering these questions, we will have to think about aggression, self-defense, humanitarian intervention, neutrality, non-combatant immunity, the treatment of prisoners of war, terrorism, and the special problems of asymmetric warfare. Reading assignments will be optional. Each session will consist of lectures and discussion. Veterans of all US wars (and any others) are especially welcome.
LEADER: Michael Walzer is professor emeritus in the School of Social Science at the Institute of Advanced Study. He has written on war and morality, foreign policy, and many topics in political theory.
TUESDAYS: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 6 weeks: September 25 through November 6 (no class on October 9)
LOCATION: Monument Hall