Library Talk: Religion, War and Ethics


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    2014•09•18    14:00 - 16:00

    On 18 September 2014 the UNU Library, together with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), will host the launch of the book “Religion, War, and Ethics: A Sourcebook of Textual Traditions”, edited by Gregory M. Reichberg and Henrik Syse (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

    This new book explores how the world’s leading religious traditions have approached the normative problems associated with war and armed conflict. The idea is that the use of armed force may be justifiable within determinable limits in order to uphold fundamental human values such as protection of one’s homeland from attack, defence of the innocent, or preservation of the rule of law. If “just war” designates the search for a middle ground between “no violence whatsoever” and “anything goes”, then it can be a useful term in discussion of the abundant literature which arose first in Hindu culture, then among the ancient Israelites and Chinese, to a certain extent among Buddhists and Sikhs, and finally, with much explicit articulation, by Christians and Muslims.

    The talk will include a presentation by some of the book’s contributors including: Gregory Reichberg (PRIO), Kaushik Roy (Jadavpur University), and Yuri Stoyanov (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London). The event commentators will be Vesselin Popovski (UNU), Kazuhiro Obayashi (Hitotsubashi University) and Yvonne Chiu (University of Hong Kong).

    This Library Talk is open to the public and will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. If you wish to attend the event, please contact the UNU Library by email (, phone (03-5467-1359) or fax (03-5467-1360) by Friday, 12 September 2014.