Ethics of War

March 27–28, 2015

Second Annual Conference on the Ethics of War: A Collaboration between the United States Military Academy and Villanova University

Hosted by the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

For more information and to register, please go to Registration is $60 per person and includes daily refreshments, a lunch, and dinner.

Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, Christ Church, Oxford University and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life. He is the author of In Defense of War (Oxford University Press, 2013) as well as Between Kin and Cosmopolis: An Ethic of the Nation, Behaving in Public: How to do Christian Ethics, Aim- ing to Kill: The Ethics of Suicide and Euthanasia, and Burying the Past: Making Peace and Doing Justice After Civil Conflict.

Richard B. Miller, Professor of Religious Ethics, The University of Chicago Divinity School. An expert in the ethics of religious conflict, he is the author of Terror, Religion, and Liberal Thought (Columbia University Press, 2010), as well as Children, Ethics, and Modern Medicine, Casuistry and Modern Ethics: A Poetics of Practical Reasoning, and Interpretations of Conflict: Ethics, Pacifism, and the Just-War Tradition.

Fiona Robinson, Professor of Political Science, Carleton University. A leading authority in feminist theory and international affairs, she is the author of The Ethics of Care: A Feminist Approach to Human Security (Temple University Press, 2011) as well as Globalizing Care: Ethics, Feminist Theory and International Relations and co-editor of Feminist Ethics and Social Politics: Towards a New Global Political Economy of Care.

Jeremy Waldron, University Professor, New York University School of Law. A preeminent political and legal theorist, he is the author of Torture, Terror, and Trade-offs: Philosophy for the White House (Oxford University Press, 2010) as well as The Harm in Hate Speech; God, Locke, and Equality; The Dignity of Legislation; Law and Disagreement; Liberal Rights; and The Right to Private Property.

Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey. One of the most renowned political thinkers alive, he is the author of Just and Unjust Wars (Basic Books, 1977, fourth edition, 2006) which has been required reading at West Point for most of the last 30 years. He is also the author of In God's Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bi- ble, Arguing About War, On Toleration, Thick and Thin, Inter- pretation and Social Criticism, and Spheres of Justice.

The Ethics Program at Villanova University, in conjunction with ROTC and other participating programs and departments, is seeking undergraduate papers of the highest quality to be presented at the second annual Villanova-USMA Ethics of War Conference. Students who have written on issues surrounding the ethics of war and peace are strongly encouraged to submit papers.
The conference aims to further discourse on the ethics of war and peace and to facilitate a deepened sense of community between service members and civilians. Students whose papers are selected will present at this year’s conference at West Point, New York, to an audience of students and faculty. The plenary speakers for this year’s conference include Michael Walzer, Fiona Robinson, Nigel Biggar, Jeremy Waldron, and Richard Miller.
Students who wish to submit papers must be available for the conference and must be able to travel to West Point on March 26.*  Papers of no more than 4,000 words should be submitted by email in Word or PDF format to Dr. Mark Wilson at no later than February 14, 2015.  Please write, “Student Submission: 2015 Ethics of War Conference,” in the subject line. Selected participants will be notified by March 1.

*Travel and accommodations for the conference will be provided by Villanova and USMA.

For information on future events, please contact Mark Doorley.

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