“Ethics and Contemporary Conflict: Can the Just War Tradition Still Contribute Anything Useful to Our Understanding?”

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence will host a talk by David Whetham, the Inamori Visiting Distinguished Scholar, Thursday, Aug. 30, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. in Tinkham Veale University Center, Suite 280.

Whetham’s talk is titled “Ethics and Contemporary Conflict: Can the Just War Tradition Still Contribute Anything Useful to Our Understanding?”

About the talk

Given the rapid changes in the character of contemporary warfare with technological innovation that allows individuals to be targeted from 8,000 miles away, can this 2,000-year-old tradition really still add anything relevant to the debates we are faced with today?

This lecture will explain how the moral reasoning that has evolved represents a font of practical wisdom that can still help us frame problems and find solutions today.

About the speaker

Whetham is professor of ethics and the military profession in the defence studies department of King’s College London. He is the director of the King’s Centre for Military Ethics. He also delivers or coordinates the military ethics component of courses for between 2,000 and 3,000 British and international officers a year at the UK’s Joint Services Command and Staff College.