Critical Writing Seminar in Philosophy: Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
The past decade has been marked by the threat of terrorism and the United States’ response to it. This response has included two wars, increased spending on intelligence and the military, use of enhanced interrogation techniques, and the advent of drones and drone strikes. Course readings will focus on distinguishing different types of terrorism and considering the moral justification of responses to it. When, if ever, is torture justified? When, if ever, is targeted killing justified? How should we approach dual-use research, like biological research that could bring medical benefits, on the one hand, and could potentially be weaponized and used for terror, on the other? Through reasoned argument and explanation on the topic, student will develop a stronger sense of purpose and audience in writing while developing skills in analysis, reasoning, and synthesis. Fulfills the Writing Requirement for SAS, EAS, NURS, Wharton.