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Moral & Ethical Issues in Peacetime vs. War - Chapter Summary
Complete this chapter at your own pace to review several peacetime and wartime moral/ethical issues. The chapter's engaging video lessons help you see differing views regarding pacifism, the use of unconventional war weapons, the justification of war and more. To help you reinforce your understanding of these moral and ethical issues, we've included plenty of self-assessment quizzes throughout the chapter. You can study the chapter online at any time, or you can print the accompanying lesson transcripts to study offline. By the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Discuss views related to peace and pacifism
- Assess several justifications for war
- Recognize the criteria for justice during in war and its aftermath
- Explain the morality of unconventional war weapons
- Describe the purpose and function of international conventions in world politics
1. Peace & Pacifist Views
Peace and pacifism are notable parts of our modern moral beliefs, but what exactly do these terms mean? Explore these ideas and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
2. Justifications for Waging War
People often debate when it is appropriate to go to war. However, no really easy answer exists for all cases. This lesson focuses on some theories that provide limited answers to the question of if it is appropriate to go to war.
3. Criteria for Justice in Waging a War & the Aftermath of a War
Look at any list of quotes from past generals and they all comment on the misery of war. Diplomats have long since fought to make the whole affair less destructive - this lesson shows how they've attempted to do so.
4. The Morality of Unconventional Weapons in War
Unconventional weapons range from pipe bombs to nuclear warheads. This lesson examines the morality of their use in war, and it looks at arguments that condone their deployment as well as reasons for bans against them.
5. International Conventions & World Politics
This lesson explains the use of conventions in world politics. It highlights the Geneva Convention, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Convention against Torture.
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Other chapters within the Philosophy 102: Ethics in America course
- Introduction to the Study of Morality
- Moral Belief Systems Overview
- Ancient Greek Views on Ethics & Philosophy
- Morality in Western Religion
- Natural & Moral Law Theories
- Consequentialist vs. Non-Consequentialist Philosophies
- Ethical Issues in Life & Death
- Economic Inequality & Morality
- Philosophical Theories Behind the Justice System
- Human Rights Ethics & Morals
- Ethical Issues in Relationships & Sexuality
- Bioethics Impact on Medicine & Morality
- Ethics & Morality in Business
- The Environment & Ethics