Western Historical and Cultural Awareness
aka War, Peace, Justice and Human Survival
(LBST 2101-H78 [formerly HONR 1701 which satisfies COGE L Goal])
Philosophy of Peace (PHIL 3243-H78)
11:00 AM to 12:20 PM Mon. & Wed.; Witherspoon 360; Spring 2006
Instructor: Bill Gay
Office Location & Phone: Winningham 103D; (704)
Office Hours: 2:00-2:50PM Wed; 4:30-5:30PM Mo&Wed,
& by appt.
Instructor: B.H. Nunnally
Office Location & Phone: 346-B Friday; (704) 687-2875
Office Hours: 9:00-10:50AM Mon&We.; 5:30-6:30PM Mon
& by appt.
Course Web Site: http://www.philosophy.uncc.edu/wcgay/wpj.html
Holmes, Robert L. and Barry L. Gan, Editors. Nonviolence in Theory
and Practice. 2nd Ed. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press,
Inc., 20015. ISBN 1-57766-349-7.
Course Packet for LBST 2101-H78. Gray's College Bookstore (9430 University
Brief Statement of Course Description and Objective:
Addresses relationships among individual, local, state and global values
examined within the context of war, peace and justice. Students are
offered an opportunity to become aware of the larger questions surrounding
the issues of war, peace, justice and human survival, and then the opportunity
to explore how these questions can be addressed in specific instances.
Course Description in Catalog for LBST 2101, Honors Section:
All sections of this course explore a major aspect of western culture.
Particular attention is given to an examination of the constructed nature
of the present through a close examination of the past and the ways that
selected institutions, ideas, or practices change over time and spread in
human society, producing both continuity and novelty. The honors section
of this course will focus on the conceptual and historical aspects of violence,
terrorism, war, non violence, justice and the economic motivations and results,
both intended and unintended, associated with these phenomena.
Permission of the University Honors Program for LBST 2101-H78.
Permission of the Department of Philosophy for PHIL 3243-H78.
Exams (80%). Exam 1: 20 points; Exam 2: 30 points; Exam 3:
Class Participation (20%). 20 points. Regular attendance is a
Grading Scale: 90-100 = A; 80-89 = B; 70-79 = C; 60-69 = D; below 60
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Students with documented disabilities requiring accommodation in this course
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Five interrelated questions provide the focus of this course. The six
questions, with which students are expected to grapple throughout the semester,
1. How Do We Define/Think About War? This broad question
includes types of war (conventional, nuclear), patterns of war over time,
and the relation of war to violence and aggression.
2. How Do We Define/Think About Peace? Is peace more than the
absence of war? Are there different types of peace? Is peace
a meaningful possibility?
3. How Does Our Understanding Change When The Issue Of Justice Is
Introduced? What is the relation of war to justice? What
is the relation of peace to justice?
4. How Do Weapons Of Mass Destruction Alter Our Understanding About
War? What are WMD? How do WMD relate to nation states and
non-national groups? How do WMD affect our understanding of violence,
terrorism, and war?
5. What Changes Are Important To Move Away From A Dependence on
War? This question includes consideration of the individual, the
nation state, and international/transnational structures and institutions.
Topics and Readings
Tentative Schedule of Topics and Exams
Abbreviations: CP = Course Packet and NTP = Nonviolence
in Theory and Practice
Introduction (NTP: xvii-xxiii)
Part I. War and War Theory
1. The Language of War: Urban II’s speech,
Geo. Bush, War with Iraq? and Clinton on Haiti (CP: Urban [followed
by brief comments delivered by Bush and Clinton])
2. Warism and Just War Theory (CP: Cady,
“Warism” and “A Just-War Continuum”)
3. War in Metaphorical Terms (web: Lakoff,
“Metaphor and War”)
4. Definitions of Violence, War, Peace, and Justice
(CP: Garver; Glossop, “The Conceptual Framework”)
5. Defining Terrorism (CP: Holmes, “Terrorism
6. Understanding Nuclear War and Weapons of Mass Destruction,
Slide Program (web: Gay, WMD)
7. Exam 1
Part II. Theory and Practice of Pacifism
1. Theory of Pacifism: Milne, Thoreau, Gandhi
(NTP: 186-193; 48-63; 77-84)
2. Types of Pacifism (CP: Cady, “A Pacifist
3. Pacifism as Practice: Sharp, Norman, Hughan,
Taylor (NTP: 253-255; 214-218; 219-232; 244-246)
4. Pacifism as Practice: Schwarcz, Flinders, Eppler,
Orosco, Kennedy (NTP: 332-335; 309-317; 340-343; 261-269;
5. Understanding the Middle-East Conflict
6. Understanding Causality and Probability
(CP: Glossop, “The Causes of War”; Gay, web)
7. Human Survival and the Meaning of Life: Lao
Tzu, Kimelman, Apsey, Siddiqui, Tolstoy (NTP: 10-12, 23-32,
33-35, 36-40, 69-76)
8. Exam 2
Part III. Social Justice and Human Survival
1. American Pacifist and Radical Social Thought I:
Paul Robeson (CP: Robeson)
2. American Pacifist and Radical Social Thought II:
Eugene V. Debs (web)
3. Social Justice and Race Relations: Apsy and
King (NTP: 95-100; 101-113)
4. Civil Disobedience: Deming (NTP:
5. Nashville Sit-Ins (video: Ackerman
/DuVall; NTP: 256-260)
6. Plato's Allegory of the Cave and the Equality of
Women (web: Republic)
7. National Security Redefined (Gay, web)
8. Exam 3