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Sept. 20, 2002
STEINKRAUS LECTURES EXAMINE WAR ETHICS
OSWEGO -- The 15th annual Warren Steinkraus Lectures on Human Ideals will take place Saturday, Oct. 5, in the lower lobby of Sheldon Hall at SUNY Oswego, beginning at 2:15 p.m. and lasting until 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the college's philosophy department, these lectures are free and open to the public.
The topic of this year's lectures is "Just War Theory in the 21st Century." The main speaker will be Dr. Steven Lee, who received his doctorate in philosophy in 1978 from York University. He has been a member of the philosophy department at Hobart and William Smith colleges in Geneva since 1981.
His books in philosophy include "Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction" (forthcoming), "Morality, Prudence and Nuclear Weapons," "The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the Twenty-first Century" (co-authored), and "Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Humanity." He has published dozens of articles in professional journals on such topics as democracy, poverty, violence, persistent minorities, peace, nuclear weapons policy and paternalism.
He has received grants from the MacArthur Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He was president of Concerned Philosophers for Peace in 1994 and 1995, and he is a member of both the Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy and the American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.
Steinkraus, in whose honor this lecture series was dedicated, joined the philosophy faculty at SUNY Oswego in 1964 and retired in 1987 after a distinguished career of scholarship and teaching. He passed away in 1990.
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