HDS 2853

The Politics and Ethics of the Use of Force

J. Bryan Hehir


The course will examine normative discourse about the use of force. Primary attention will be paid analytically and historically to the "Just War/Just Defense" ethic. Reading and lectures will assess the ethic in light of challenges to it from the tradition of nonviolence and from the nature of modern warfare. The ethic will be tested in light of distinct challenges posed by weapons of mass destruction, humanitarian military intervention, and response to terrorism.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: No
Jointly offered as HKS IGA-220


0.50 credits
Spring 2013
Tue Thu 1:10pm-2:30pm
HKS Belfer Center Land Hall

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
MDiv Distribution Category/ies None
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry None
Language Course Designation(s) None