Forum for European Philosophy Event: European Provocations, Rousseau and the State of War

Tuesday 11 December, 6.30 – 8pm
Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Chris Bertram, Professor of Social and Political Philosophy, University of Bristol

Chair: Kristina Musholt, LSE Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method and Deputy Director of the Forum for European Philosophy

Rousseau’s fragment Principles of the Right of War has recently been reconstructed from various manuscript sources and we now have a coherent text expressing his views about war and so-called 'just war' theory. Here, as elsewhere, Rousseau suspects that the moral principles enunciated by philosophers and legal theorists are just rationalizations for amour propre, power and violence. This lecture will argue that in the light of recent wars and ‘humanitarian interventions’, Rousseau’s text is as relevant as ever.

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Forum for European Philosophy
Cowdray House, Room G.05, European Institute
London School of Economics, WC2A 2AE