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Human Rights, and the International Order Faculty Workshop

Session on Michael Walzer's Just and Unjust WarsPresented by Michael Walzer, Professor of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton UniversityPre-registration required by December 20, 2001

Wed., May. 1, 2002, 3:30pm
Location: Hall Center Conference Room
The Hall Center for the Humanities Visiting Interdisciplinary Scholars Program presents a series of Faculty Workshops co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department. The workshop will emphasize four contemporary thinkers, each one of whom will be present to discuss their work on justice in the international order with the workshop participants.

This workshop will focus on Professor Walzer's work on contemporary just war theory.

Michael Walzer is currently Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. Previously, he was Professor of Political Science at Harvard.

In his numerous books and essays, Walzer tackles such vexing moral issues as the ethics of warfare and the role of the welfare state, speaking always from a socialist perspective and frequently illuminating his threories with examples from history. New York Times Book Review contributor Werner J. Dannhauser believes that Walzer "qualifies as a champion of freedom" because he advocates "a greater amount of community political participation, human self-fulfillment and hence liberation." Nick Kotz of the Washington Post Book World identifies Walzer's "overriding theme" as "the search for a better society, a self-governing democracy of free men and women dedicated both to protecting their own individual freedoms and to pursuing a common purpose." Critics also applaud Walzer's ability to present complex arguments in a graceful, coherent style. [Gale Literary Database]

His scope is interdisciplinary, evident in his highly regarded books in political philosophy, including Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations (1977, reprint 1992) and Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality (1983). Just and Unjust Wars as well as a paper on humanitarian intervention will be the topic of this workshop.

There are suggested readings for each session.
Pre-registration is required; the deadline is December 20. Contact the Hall Center for more information.

May 1, 2002
3:30 p.m.
Hall Center Conference Room

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