Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 1 session / week, 1.5 hours / session
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Non-violence is more than a political and social strategy. It can be a comprehensive ethical stance. In this course, we examine both the efficacy and ethics of such a stance. We first look at the question of what a non-violent life entails. We read the primary exponents of non-violence, Tolstoy, Gandhi, and King. Next, we investigate the ethical dimensions of non-violence. Can we derive a comprehensive moral theory from the principles of non-violence? Last, we look at specific ethical challenges from the perspective of non-violence. We consider the issues of lying, the duty to forgive, non-violent communication, the ethics of our relationship to anger, the possibility of loving enemies, and the ethics of punishment and rehabilitation.
|Attendance and Participation||10%|
|Daily Conflict and Resolution Journal||20%|
For more information on the activities above, see the Assignments section.
|WEEK #||TOPICS||DUE DATES|
|1||Love, Non-violence, and Truth|
|3||Non-violent Conflict Resolution|
|4||Coercion and Manipulation|
|5||Kindness and Cruelty|
|7||Anger and Emotion|
|8||Non-violence and Anger||Paper 1 due|
|9||Telling the Truth, Part I|
|10||Telling the Truth, Part II|
|11||Punishment and Revenge, Part I|
|12||Punishment and Revenge, Part II||Turn in selected sections of daily conflict and resolution journal|
|13||Journal Sharing and Summing Up||Paper 2 due|