A333 – week 6 – Thinking about just war

Last week (week 5) was spent producing almost 2,000 words on Hume’s solution(s) to the paradox of painful art – what he suggested and whether it was successful. I will get the comments back on that soon, but not the score as my tutor is participating in the UCU boycott and not providing scores until the issues regarding pensions are resolved. Annoying for me as I have not worked with this tutor before so will have no idea of how his comments relate to the score given for this assignment (and any future assignments depending on how long it takes to achieve resolution). This assignment is worth 18% of my continuous assessment score of this course (which is compared to my overall examinable score on my final extended essay, with the lower score of the two going forwards to my overall degree result). I have had to send an email out to confirm that the 28 day window students are given to appeal scores/grades will start once scores are provided and not when the essay is returned.

This week brought a whole new book and a whole new topic – war. As is usual the first week of a new topic and book is an introduction to the topic, looking at Just War Tradition and just war theory, which is going to be the main topic of the book. It’s interesting to try and differentiate between what can be considered morally just and what can be considered legally just as so much discussion of war in the news is around the legality of actions rather than the morals/ethics. It should be interesting to examine in further detail, though my lack of historical knowledge might be an issue when looking at theorists such as Walzer who favours them over thought experiments.

The course book featured this delightful sentence which I had to highlight, even though it’s not directly relevant to the subject matter:

Philsophers stipulate quite a lot: it is one of our few pleasures in life.

I also paid my fees for my final OU course for my degree – D303: Cognitive Psychology which starts 31st January 2015.

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