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Nanzan University Institute for Social Ethics Colloquium #1, 2012

April 11, 2012

In the modern age, military combatants have been exposed to extreme mental and moral stress and are equipped with lethal skill and latent potential that are prohibited in civilized society. The maintenance of such a force is fraught with social and political risk. The idealized warrior code and soldier's virtue may have been developed as a way to alleviate these stresses or risks. With the introduction of long-distance robotic systems for remotely operated Predator and Reaper drones, acts of war have lost the aspects of physical toughness or bravery and become little more than desk work performed in a safe location. We have invited Professor Sparrow, an ethicist from Monash University to share during this colloquium about the effect of engineering progress in military robotics on soldier's virtue and the future of military forces.

[ Date/time ] Friday April 20, 2012
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
[ Venue ] P Room, 1F, Building J, Nagoya Campus, Nanzan University
[ Topic ] War without virtue?
[ Lecturer ] Robert SPARROW
(Associate Professor, Monash University)
[ Participation fee ] Free
[ Inquiries ] Nanzan University Institute for Social Ethics
18 Yamazato-cho, Showa-ku, Nagoya City 466-8673
Phone:052-832-3111 FAX:052-832-3703
E-mail:sharink@ic.nanzan-u.ac.j