55 Plus Lecture Series: Soldiers and Police: What are the Rules of Engagement?


01/09/2020
Date:  January 9, 2020
Topic:  Soldiers and Police: What are the Rules of Engagement?
Speaker:  Michael Walzer, Professor Emeritus of Social Science at Institute for Advanced Study


In his talk, Prof. Walzer will argue that the rules should be different for the solgers and for the police and will give an account of the differences.  So this will be an argument against the militarization of the police (which is not an issue in Princeton but is a lively issue across the country). 

One of America's foremost political thinkers, Michael Walzer has addressed a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy: political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state.  His books (among them Just and Unjust WarsSpheres of JusticeThe Company of CriticsThick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and AbroadOn Toleration, and Politics and Passion) and essays have played a part in the revival of practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life.  For more than three decades Walzer served as co-editor of Dissent, now in its 64th year.  His articles and interviews appear frequently in the world's foremost newspapers and journals.  He is currently working on the fourth volume of The Jewish Political Tradition, a comprehensive collaborative project focused on the history of Jewish political thought.  His book, The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions, was published in March of 2015, and his new book, A Foreign Policy for the Left, was published in 2018.