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Moravian College
Philosophy Conference

8th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

April 22, 2017

Plenary Speaker: Can Just War Theory Justify Terrorism?

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Professor Medina's areas of specialization are social and political philosophy and applied ethics. He also works on Latin American philosophy. His most recent publication is his book Terrorism Unjustified: The Use and Misuse of Political Violence (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015). Some of his most recent articles are "The Philosophical Polemic of Havana Revisited," Inter-American Journal of Philosophy, 4 (June 2013); "The Innocent in the Just War Thinking of Vitoria and Suárez: A Challenge even for Secular Just War Theorists and International Law," Ratio Juris, 26 (2013); and "Militant Intolerant People: A Challenge to John Rawls' Political Liberalism," Political Studies, 58 (June 2010). He is presently working on a paper on John Rawls’ political philosophy and the justification of terrorism.

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Dr. Medina's work challenges common misconceptions and excuses for extreme political violence with an unwavering reproach of terrorist actions. Countering such axioms as "one man's freedom fighter is another man's terrorist" and the "do whatever it takes" attitude toward counter-terrorism, he differentiates between justified political violence and unjustifiable terrorism. Surveying terrorism with both historical and contemporary examples, Dr. Medina dispels the relativism and emotional responses that have been used by some to justify terrorist attacks. His work has already been praised by some of the best in the field of political philosophy. Dr. Jeff McMahan (White's Professor of Moral Philosophy, Oxford University) writes that "Terrorism Unjustified is a powerful and sustained defense of the view that terrorism can never be morally justified, even in the service of ends that are just. It contains detailed criticisms of more permissive views as well as a valuable discussion of the concept and history of terrorism. This book is a significant and admirable contribution to the philosophical literature on these vitally important issues."


Call For Papers

Moravian College is proud to present their eighth annual undergraduate philosophy conference. We invite undergraduate students to submit papers on general philosophical topics to be presented at the conference scheduled for Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 and hosted at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA.

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Vicente Medina will be speaking on Just War and Terrorism. Dr. Medina’s areas of specilization are social and political philosophy and applied ethics. He also works on Latin American philosophy. His most recent publication is his book: Terrorism Unjustified: The Use and Misuse of Political Violence. Dr. Medina’s work challenges common misconceptions and excuses for extreme political violence with an unwavering reproach of terrorist actions.

Submission Guidelines:

Please send submissions as attachments in .doc format. Submissions may be on any philosophical topic and may be the entire paper or a 250-word abstract.

Please include a cover page with the following information:

  • Author’s Name
  • Title of the Paper
  • Institutional Affiliation
  • Contact Information: Phone number, e-mail, mailing address

Please send all submissions and questions to: philosophyconference@moravian.edu

Deadline for Submissions: April 10, 2017

Program Coordinators: Hannah Matthews 2018 and Colton Carlisle 2019