Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Philosophy

First Advisor

Dr. Byron Eubanks

Second Advisor

Dr. Johnny Wink

Third Advisor

Dr. Kevin Brennan

Abstract

The first goal of this thesis is to defend the claim that working towards nuclear disarmament is a rational, ethically pressing, and urgent goal. I will parse, condense, and array the arguments of statesmen, military leaders, philosophers, peace advocates, scientists, and religious leaders against the continued production, modernization, and maintaining of nuclear arsenals. After this, I will examine the current challenges to nuclear disarmament and promising and pragmatic options on the way to a world without nuclear weapons, with a focus on United States’ policy.

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