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Moral Issues in Peacetime & War - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Plato stated, 'Only the dead have seen the end of war.' The history of the world is largely a history of warfare and the moral issues that arise when faced with going to war. This chapter encompasses different elements of peace and war in its lessons. Take a multiple-choice quiz that accompanies each lesson to measure how well you have learned the material and contact knowledgeable instructors with any questions. These lessons cover such topics as:
- What is pacifism?
- Is war ever justifiable?
- How is justice carried out after war?
- What is unconventional weaponry?
- What role do conventions play?
|Peace & Pacifist Views||Learn about peacetime and the ideology of pacifists.|
|Justifications for Waging War||Examine the justifications for going to war.|
|Criteria for Justice in Waging a War & the Aftermath of a War||Investigate the necessity of justice during and after wartime.|
|The Morality of Unconventional Weapons in War||Distinguish between conventional and unconventional weapons and discuss the morality of unconventional weapons.|
|International Conventions & World Politics||Explains the use of conventions in world politics, such as the Geneva Convention.|
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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