Why do human beings fight wars? Is war an unavoidable (and tragic) aspect of the human condition or might we achieve a permanent world peace by human moral and political effort? Has the human attitude toward war and peace changed over time, and if so, how? We will take up these questions and others, reading and engaging with a range of writings on war and peace from the worlds of ancient Greece and the Hebrew Bible to the Enlightenment and the modern period. We will ponder the ideas and arguments of philosophers, statesmen, poets, warriors, and pacifists, and discuss the challenges of war and peace in our own time.
Dr. Jonathan Yudelman
Jonathan Yudelman is a Thomas W. Smith Postdoctoral Research Associate at the James Madison Program at Princeton University. His research focuses on political theory and the early modern origins of liberalism. He earned a PhD from Boston College in Political Science, and holds an MA in Philosophy and a BA in Jewish Thought, both from the Hebrew University. He has published on Ze’ev Jabotinsky’s debt to Nietzsche, and has written on social, political, and religious issues in the American Mind, Azure, City Journal, First Things, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and other publications.
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