Event Title

The Principle of Symmetry

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Michael Lipscomb

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Political Science

Honors Thesis Committee

Michael Lipscomb, Ph.D.; Stephen Smith, Ph.D.; David Meeler, Ph.D.

Location

West Center,Room 219

Start Date

22-4-2016 12:40 PM

End Date

22-4-2016 12:55 PM

Description

With the advent of new technologies such as remote weaponry, there is an increased asymmetry between nations that have advanced weapons capabilities and those that do not. This has led to an increase in asymmetrical challenges, which current Just War Theory has yet to address. The asymmetry caused by new technologies, particularly remote weaponry, has given need to a new principle, the principle of symmetry, to balance these new challenges. The principle seeks to ensure that nations which are under attack have justifiable means for defense, and requires that nations attack to ensure this through the utilization of weapons, which will lead to just defense. This principle builds upon other principles, seeking to act as a supplement to missing literature for Just War Theory. Once established, this theory then grounds the principle of symmetry in Christian thought, to further develop Christian Just War Thought. The principle of symmetry is grounded in natural law and characteristics of God. This creates a framework for future technologies that create an imbalance in warfare to be addressed through current Just War Theory.

Previously Presented/Performed?

Southern Regional Honors Council Conference, Orlando, Florida, March 2016

Course Assignment

Senior Capstone in Political Science; PLSC 490H; Michael Lipscomb and Stephen Smith

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Apr 22nd, 12:40 PM Apr 22nd, 12:55 PM

The Principle of Symmetry

West Center,Room 219

With the advent of new technologies such as remote weaponry, there is an increased asymmetry between nations that have advanced weapons capabilities and those that do not. This has led to an increase in asymmetrical challenges, which current Just War Theory has yet to address. The asymmetry caused by new technologies, particularly remote weaponry, has given need to a new principle, the principle of symmetry, to balance these new challenges. The principle seeks to ensure that nations which are under attack have justifiable means for defense, and requires that nations attack to ensure this through the utilization of weapons, which will lead to just defense. This principle builds upon other principles, seeking to act as a supplement to missing literature for Just War Theory. Once established, this theory then grounds the principle of symmetry in Christian thought, to further develop Christian Just War Thought. The principle of symmetry is grounded in natural law and characteristics of God. This creates a framework for future technologies that create an imbalance in warfare to be addressed through current Just War Theory.