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NEW TIME, NEW LOCATION: Michael Walzer on the Ethics of Drones, March 13, Georgetown University

Michael Walzer

Michael Walzer




13 March 2013

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Intercultural Center Auditorium

Georgetown University

Georgetown University’s Master of Foreign Service (MSFS) and Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and International Affairs are pleased to offer this unique talk by Michael Walzer on a burning ethical issue of the day: targeted killing with drones. As one of the most renowned scholars and public intellectuals on just war theory and the ethics of the use of force, Professor Walzer will discuss the history of targeted killings and assassinations, and of the moral arguments for and against that kind of killing.  He will examine whether the invention of the drone changes those moral arguments, which he will argue that it does in important respects.  Professor Walzer will explore on what grounds one can defend the use of drones, under what conditions and qualification.  He will raise and invite from those attending critiques of a qualified defense of using drones—putting forward an invitation to worry.

Michael Walzer:

As a professor, author, editor, and lecturer, Michael Walzer has addressed a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy: political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state.  His books (among them Just and Unjust Wars, Spheres of Justice, The Company of Critics, Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad, and On Toleration) and essays have played a part in the revival of practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life.  Walzer is Professor Emeritus of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ as well as a Contributing Editor for “The New Republic,” and co-editor of “Dissent,” now in its 56th year.  He is currently working on the history and prospects of national liberation and also on the third volume of The Jewish Political Tradition, a comprehensive collaborative project focused on the history of Jewish political thought.

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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