Catalogue 2020 - 2021

PH 245 War, Terrorism and Torture


3 cr.


Sophomore standing.

Course Description

According to the just war tradition, some wars may be just and others unjust. If that's correct, what makes a war just or unjust? Are there moral limits to what one may do in war? For example, is terrorism always morally wrong? In fighting terrorism, can it be morally right to use torture in interrogation? Should combatants ensure that wars end in a just peace? What is a "just" peace? We will debate these questions in the context of a study of such wars as the Roman civil wars, the Crusades, the American Revolution, the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, and such terrorist campaigns or organizations as the IRA/Ireland/England conflict, al-Qaeda and ISIS/ISIL, and the Arab/Zionist conflict in Palestine.


This course satisfies the ethical perspective requirement of the General University Requirements.

Formerly "War, Torture and Terrorism"