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March 23: Norton Lecture

Norton Memorial Lecture speaker to discuss morality, laws of war

Victor Tadros, a professor of criminal law and legal theory at the University of Warwick, will deliver the spring 2017 David Norton Memorial Lecture at 3:45 p.m., Thursday, March 23, in 104 Gore Hall on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus.

The lecture, titled “A Moral Law for War,” is free and open to the public.

The morality of killing during war is often at odds with the laws surrounding it, and Tadros’ lecture will offer a cautious case for revising the law to achieve greater convergence between morality and the laws of war.

Tadros was educated at Oxford University and at King’s College, London, where he earned his doctoral degree. Before joining Warwick in 2006, he held lectureships at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh, and in the fall of 2015 he was Carter Visiting Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School.

He has written extensively on the philosophy of criminal law and just war theory and on a range of issues in moral, legal and political philosophy. He is the author of Criminal Responsibility, The Ends of Harm: The Moral Foundations of Criminal Law and Wrongs and Crimes.

Tadros currently holds a three-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to work on a project on just war theory titled To Do, To Die, To Reason Why.

The Norton Lecture presents contemporary work by leading figures in philosophy in a manner accessible to the general University of Delaware community.

The lecture is sponsored by the David Norton Memorial Fund honoring the late UD philosophy professor, the Makiguchi Foundation, the Class of 1955 Ethics Endowment Fund and the American Philosophical Association.


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