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PHL 336 Violence and Nonviolence (3 credits)

A philosophical examination of violence, and its contrary, nonviolence, primarily from a moral point of view. Violence is a prima facie evil, perhaps justified as a "lesser evil." The rejection of violence in favor of nonviolent means of resisting evil is subject to evaluation as well, both in terms of principle and in terms of effectiveness. The course will focus on two levels: philosophical reflection on the ethical dimensions of violence and nonviolence in general, and analysis of some specific moral issues concerning the resort to violence (e.g., war, terrorism).

Prerequisites: PHL 101, 154. Satisfies the third level Philosophy GER.;GEP Ethics-Intensive.