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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Is this question a philosophical question, a political question or just a stupid question?

http://www.meetup.com/Philosophy-For-All-London/events/208637152/?a=me1_grp&rv=me1&_af_eid=208637152&_af=event

Discussion: What is a 'Just War'? (Rick Lewis)

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  • Bishopsgate Institute

    230 Bishopsgate, City of London (map)
  • Wars are destructive, they bring misery and pain. However, Just War theorists believe that by specifying the conditions under which wars may be fought we can minimise the evil of war. Can guidelines such as the Geneva Convention help us define a 'just war' in such a way that some wars can be rightfully entered into and conducted? Some argue that wars always remain a great evil. Furthermore, consider the great costs of contemporary warfare brought about by technological progress. As Einstein reminds us "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones".
    Please note that the room does have limited capacity, and that people will hear about this event via the Bishopsgate Institute, as well as via Meetup and via the Philosophy for All website and programme. This means that replying "yes" here does not guarantee you a place. We will always try to fit everyone in, but very occasionally, an event is so popular that we have to turn some people away. If lots of people (say, more than 40) have replied "yes" here, it would be a good idea to turn up reasonably early. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    Did Britain's participation in two ruinous world wars for reasons she cannot even now explain properly destroy her greatest achievement - her world empire?
    Like · Reply · 27m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    Was WW2 a continuation of WW1?
    Like · Reply · 28m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    Was WW2 a just war?
    Like · Reply · 29m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    Was WW1 a just war?
    Like · Reply · 29m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    Does David Cameron know what he is doing? Does Ed Miliband? Does anyone in the House? Is the answer NO?
    Like · Reply · 37m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    What kind of wars should we fight? Only the ones we can win. Do our politician know this, or are they just doing what the Military Industrial Complex tells them to do?
    Like · Reply · 40m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    Is this question a philosophical question or a political question or just a stupid question?
    Like · Reply · 42m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    People who don't know and don't care about foreign policy should be deprived of the vote. Do you agree?
    Like · Reply · 43m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    If Britain is the Poodle of America, is America the Poodle of Israel?
    Like · Reply · 46m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    How do you feel about your country being the Poodle of America?
    Like · Reply · 46m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    Does Britain have an independent foreign policy or is it just the 51st state of America?
    Like · Reply · 46m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    How ethical do you think US foreign policy is?
    Like · Reply · 47m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    Is the reason why America is so militarily aggressive because it has a Military Industrial Complex together with all the other EU nations who also have a Military Industrial Complex such as Britain, France and Germany?
    Like · Reply · 47m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    Is the reason why NATO is so militarily aggressive because America is militarily aggressive?
    Like · Reply · 49m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    Is NATO militarily aggressive?
    Like · Reply · 50m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    Are all acts of terrorism - without exception - in way an understandable reaction to bad government policy?
    Like · Reply · 51m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    If there are just wars, are there just acts of terrorism?
    Like · Reply · 52m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    Imagine if all wars had to be defensive and had to be validated through conducting a referendum amongst those expected to pay for it and fight it. THERE WOULD BE NO MORE WAR.
    Like · Reply · 53m ago · Mute
  • Claire Khaw
    Claire Khaw
    The Koran only allows defensive wars, which seems an excellent way of bringing about world peace.
    Like · Reply · 1h ago · Mute

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