This Stage of InterQuest deals with some challenging and disturbing realities. No one in the course has gone through this yet without confronting some strong feelings. Some folks have been affected by the plight of the people who were directly affected the war. Other folks have focused on their feelings of patriotism and national pride. All of these responses and others as well are taken quite seriously here, by me, and I expect that you will as well. The main point that I hope to emphasize is sheer practicality of philosophical theory in the workings of the world. There is no attempt here to draw over-arching conclusions about history and national policy.

If you find yourself being swept up by emotion, please take that as a signifier that these issues connect to something important to you; that some basic aspect of your belief system is at that point engaged. Otherwise, you would accept all that is presented here with indifferance (and some may). So, however you react to this material, please hold onto the central purpose here - to examine our own belief systems: assumptions, values, expectations, and criteria.

Module Activities

Jus Ad Bellum criteria

Jus in Bello criteria

A case for analysis if given at the Standoff at My Lai section.

The Just War Theory Sources area provides some web and text resources that are valuable in learning more about the tradition and applications of just war theory.


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