Workshop: "Why We Fight: The Purposes of Military Force in the 21st Century"

Past Event

07 October 2010, 1:00am 08 October 2010 - 1:00am


The Second Annual Meeting of the ELAC Oxford War Group.

Contemporary just war theory has focused on establishing when and how individuals and states can become liable to lethal attack. Far less attention has been devoted to the positive reasons for deploying military force—such as the defence of sovereignty, territorial rights, and morally important political communities. This workshop aims to remedy this deficiency, bringing together some of the leading philosophers working on the ethics of war to discuss the purposes of military force in the 21st century.


  • Professor Christopher Kutz (U.C. Berkeley)
  • Dr. Seth Lazar (Oxford)
  • Professor Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen (Aarhus)
  • Professor Larry May (Vanderbilt & Charles Sturt/ Anu)
  • Professor Jeff McMahan (Rutgers)
  • Dr. Gerhard Øverland (Oslo/ Melbourne)
  • Dr. David Rodin (Oxford)
  • Professor Nancy Sherman (Georgetown)


  • Professor Yitzhak Benbaji (Bar-Ilan)
  • Janina Dill (Oxford)
  • Professor Cecile Fabre (Oxford)
  • Dr. James Pattison (Manchester)
  • Dr. Massimo Renzo (Stirling)
  • Professor Cheyney Ryan (Oregon)
  • Guy Sela (Oxford)
  • Dr. Laura Valentini (Oxford)

Numbers are limited. Please contact to register.

Kindly supported by the John Fell OUP Research Fund, the Mind Association, Society for Applied Philosophy, Nuffield College, and the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford.