CfP: CPP at Pacific APP

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 [] by Nov. 1.

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