Dudley Knowles Memorial Lecture in Political Philosophy - A Moral Law for War
Published: 19 January 2017
Event 25 January 2017 with Professor Victor Tadros, Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory, University of Warwick
Date: 25th January 2017
Speaker: Professor Victor Tadros, Professor of Criminal Law and Legal Theory, University of Warwick
Discussant: Professor Sandra Marshall
Lecture Time: 6pm
Discussion and drinks reception: 7:30pm
A substantial body of recent work in just war theory claims that the moral considerations that determine whether acts of individual combatants during a war are permissible or wrong are not reflected in the laws of armed conflict. Whereas morality prohibits the killing of combatants on the just side of a war, the law does not. And whereas morality sometimes permits the killing of non-combatants on the unjust side, again the law does not. Many also defend these divergences between law and morality. I will offer a cautious case for revising the law to achieve greater convergence between morality and the laws of war.
Professor Dudley Ross Knowles (1947 – 2014) was a renowned political philosopher who taught at Glasgow University from 1973 to 2011. He was a staunch supporter of the Stevenson Trust and insisted that the Trust’s commitment to public education must include the contribution of political philosophy to examining issues of contemporary relevance in a manner accessible to all citizens. In 2015 the Stevenson committee endorsed his view by instigating an annual public lecture on political philosophy in his memory.
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First published: 19 January 2017