Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Vol. 26.2 (Fall 2006)
Call for Presentations
Concerned Philosophers for Peace Symposium at Pacific APA
San Francisco April 3-8
Ethics of Self-Defense
The realization that virtually every adversary claims to act in self-defense raises numerous possibilities for philosophical analysis. These possibilities include the following problematics:
What is the meaning of self-defense in an era of unprecedented lethal weapony, ambigous threats, and non-state actors?
What is permissible: What if any limits should be imposed on self-defense?
How can self-defense be justified? Is the right of self-defense simply intuitively obvious? Should it be scaffolded upon Just War Theory? Is it dervied from natural law? Or should self-defense be seen as the inevitable outcome of realpolitk?
Please e-mail proposed presentations to Ron Hirschbein [Rhirschbein@csuchico.edu] by Nov. 1.