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Nuclear Dialogues

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David Weinberger

Set in the hallways of an imaginary conference on philosophy and nuclear war, Nuclear Dialogues presents conversations on a wide range of arms race issues in a variety of philosophical styles and from a variety of standpoints. Among the questions: Do philosophers have anything unique to contribute? What does it mean to be against nuclear weapons? How sexist are attitudes towards peace activism? Does the policy of deterrence involve making threats, and when is it morally O.K. to make threats? Is the policy a form of hostage-taking? Does the same morality bind nations and individuals? Is it literally insane to plan a nuclear war? Is it wrong to let emotions influence moral judgments? Can lives be the subject of calculation? How important is the nuclear issue? What is peace and what are ways of working towards it? Nuclear Dialogues is accessible to those with no philosophic training and is a useful text for courses on the arms race and international relations.
Contents: Imaginary dialogues among philosophers on the nuclear arms race - Topic include: Nature and morality of deterrence - Morality of individuals and nations - The varieties of peace - Sexism and peace issues - Respectful discussions among reasonable people.