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Visitor Voices: Conflict and Humanity 2
Visitor Voices: Conflict and Humanity 2

Visitor Voices: Conflict and Humanity 2

Can war be just? A series of casual Socratic discussions explores power and humanity in the ancient and modern worlds.

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16 Mar 2024, 12:40 pm – 1:55 pm

Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Conflict and Humanity 2: Can war be just?

While the 'usefulness' of war is more easily attested by political commentators and historians – in what instances can war be considered just? We have come a long way since the ancients who believed their battlefield victories to be signs of divine support, validating the justness of their cause. However, the modern Laws of War (concerned with outlining just practices for waging war) do not prevent opportunities to myth-make about whose war should run its course. Too often, arguments for the justness of wars have been skewed by the agenda of the parties involved. Join us as we discuss the changing faces of war and justice, and how states and individuals shape the ethical realities of war.


About Visitor Voices

The ancient Greeks were known for their love of getting together in a relaxed environment, breaking bread and arguing about philosophy, politics and the meaning of life. Inspired by these ancient symposia, Visitor Voices invites you to explore some of life's age-old questions from a modern perspective, in a casual group environment.

On the third Saturday of every month, Museum staff will guide participants through a Socratic-style discussion among a small group, unleashing your inner philosopher and creating a dialogue between institution and visitor. In 2024 we will explore four major themes – Conflict and Humanity, Law and Freedom, Childhood and Getting Social – with each theme explored over 2–3 sessions, and every session centred around a different question. There's no prior knowledge required, just a sense of curiosity!

Tickets include Museum general admission before or after the session. Please note, due to the discussion of mature themes, this program is recommended for ages 15 and older.

Next session: Sat 13 April – Conflict and Humanity 3

To explore other themes and available sessions, see the Visitor Voices hub.


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