Dr. Phillip Deen will present “The Great War, German Philosophy, and the Justification of Political Violence,” at 7pm, Wednesday, Sept. 24, at UNH Manchester, 400 Commercial St.
The presentation, which is part of UNH Manchester’s “The Great War Then and Now” lecture series, is free and open to the public.
About the presentation
As America was entering World War I, the great progressive philosopher John Dewey argued that the use of force was justifiable in the interests of instituting a new international legal order. He distinguished this from the destructive violence of the German state. To make this distinction, Dewey traced the roots of political violence to the German philosopher Immanuel Kant’s account of reason that hollowed out any appeal to context and moral feelings and reduced morality to obedience before the state. As the United States continues to use force abroad in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Dewey’s discussion of why force turns to violence is relevant still today.
Presented by Dr. Phillip Deen, Lecturer of Philosophy and Humanities.
About the lecture series
From the fields of history, international relations, political science, law, literature, art, cinema, and philosophy, distinguished members of the faculty at UNH Manchester will observe the centennial of World War I with a special series of public lectures this Fall.