Peace Studies..........................Philosophy 213

Through the release of atomic energy, our generation has brought into the world the most revolutionary force since prehistoric man's discovery of fire. This basic force of the universe cannot be fitted into the outmoded concept of narrow nationalisms. For there is no secret and there is no defense; there is no possibility of control except through the aroused understanding and insistence of the peoples of the world. We scientists recognize our inescapable responsibility to carry to our fellow citizens an understanding of atomic energy and its implications for society. In this lies our only security and our rnly hope--we believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death. A. Einstein, Jan.22, 1947

Nuclear War: Issues, Ideas and Morality

I. Weapons, Weapons Systems, Science and Technology

II. Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare/NBC War

III. Human Factors
IV Strategies For Preventing NBC War and/or "Conventional" War

Class Sessions: largely discussions based on the assigned readings.

Text: The Arms Race and Nuclear War, David Barash
Other texts: if they become available in time--publicaton dates uncertain
Supplementary texts will be provided

Written Work: three take-home exams. All essays.

Grades: Exams, class participation and attendance will all facor in.

This class is about thinking about your life, our world and whether there will even be a life and a world! Therefore: Keep up with the readings; keep up with the discussions; participate in the discussions of the issues.

Turn it into an adventure of the mind--and have a good adventure, all term long.

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