War Symposium | Dominican University College


Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 19:15 to Friday, April 7, 2017 - 16:30
Dominican University College, 96 Empress Avenue, Ottawa, ON


War Symposium


The ethico-political and religious war in our time. Issues and outlook.
April 6-7, 2017


The Faculty of Philosophy of the Dominican University College will hold its 11th Annual Symposium on War (2016-2017). The proposed theme is intended in part to elicit thinking about the nature of war in our time and about the relevance of Just War Theory as a primary basis for discussion and debate about moral and legal reasons for justifying war actions today. This forum invites researchers to present proposals for papers related to the focus of the Symposium or subjects with a subtle visible link to the main theme. Since the event is bilingual, we invite papers in either French or English. Graduate students are also encouraged to submit an abstract. Abstracts should be no more than one page (double-spaced) and must include a contact email address or phone number, along with the name of one’s affiliated university.


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“Is religion a force for good or evil in world politics? How much influence does it have? Despite predictions of its decline, religion has resurged in political influence across the globe, helped by the very forces that were supposed to bury it: democracy, globalization, and technology.” [Monica Duffy Toft, God's Century: Resurgent religion and global politics, W. W. Norton & Company, London, New York, 2011, Abstract].

“Because war is a public matter that involves the decisions and conduct of authorities responsible for the communities they govern, moral deliberation about the justice of war should scrutinize the actions of the civil authorities precisely of those actions bear on the good of the community. […] Admittedly, it may sometimes be difficult to identity the precise range of the relevant community beyond a nation’s borders. But there is something clearly amiss in any effort to circumscribe the responsibilities of an authority so narrowly as to avoid considering the common good of the community of nations, however fractious or dysfunctional that community may be at any given moment in history”. [Joseph W. Koterski, S.J., “Just War and the Common Good”, Nova et Vetera (English Edition), Fall 2012, Vol. 10, Number 4, pp.1032-33.]