Contesting Themes from In Defence of War
1 May 2014
A One Day Conference on the Law, Ethics, and History of Armed Conflict
St Mary’s College
The School of Divinity
University of St Andrews
Scholars from both sides of the Atlantic, and representing a range of disciplines, will engage In Defence of War, which has quickly been regarded as one of the most important recent books on the morality of war. In it, Oxford theologian and priest Nigel Biggar challenges what he regards as wishful thinking: the increasingly fashionable view that war has become unnecessary. He contends that war can be morally legitimate, legally justified, and indeed Christian. Arguing from a range of sources including military history, real-life battle accounts, philosophy, theology, and international law, In Defence of War is the book with which future pacifists and realists will have to contend.
- John Milbank, University of Nottingham (Theology)
- Mary Ellen O’Connell, University of Notre Dame (Law)
- David Rodin, University of Oxford (Philosophy)
- Anthony Lang, University of St Andrews (International Relations)
- Nigel Biggar, University of Oxford (Theology)
Registration is now open. The conference is free, but space is limited, so please register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and, if applicable, your institution and field of study. The event will run from approximately 10am to 5pm. Refreshments, but not lunch, will be provided. Confirmation of your place, as well as further details of the event, will be sent in April. Full details at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/divinity/rt/conf/givewar/.