Just War Theory - Ethics
Steven Lee possesses a plethora of knowledge on war and the use of nuclear weapons, including the cultural, psychological, and historical impact of nuclear weapons. He can articulately discuss these issues, as well as issues of ethics and critical thinking.
Lee is currently co-editing a book, The Ethics of Weapons of Mass Destruction? with Sohail Hashmi, professor at Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts. The book considers the religious and secular areas of the world and their opinions about war. The book also examines traditional views on weapons of mass destruction. It looks at natural law theory, realism and contains a critical section by feminists and pacifists. The book uses published articles by recognized scholars in their particular areas of expertise. These scholars come from a range of different religious and secular backgrounds. It will be published by Cambridge University Press and is expected to be released by early next year.
Lee previously published a critical thinking book, What is the Argument?: Critical Thinking in the Real World (Cambridge Press). The book uses letters from newspapers across the country on topics ranging from politics, education, cultural issues, the arts and sciences, law, racial and ethnic issues, military matters and many others. Lee also co-authored The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the Cold War and Beyond with four colleagues at the Colleges. Ten years later, they revised their first edition to reflect the changes the end of the Cold War brought to nuclear issues. The recently published The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the Twenty-First Century wants to awaken the world from its nuclear complacency while investigating strategies that will help to cope with a future that will involve nuclear weapons. Lee has also written Morality, Prudence, and Nuclear Weapons and co-edited Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Humanity: The Fundamental Questions, with Avner Cohen, assistant professor at Tel Aviv University. The book is a collection of essays that argues that understanding the difference between nuclear and conventional weapons requires a change in the way of understanding morality, politics, and war.
Lee is actively involved in the local peace movement. Finger Lakers for Peace is made up of members from the Colleges community as well as residents of Geneva.
Lee received the "Make a Better World Award" by The American Society of Association Executives in the category of social achievement. He was also recognized for his involvement in the creation of the International Reading Association's "Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking" program.
Intervention, Terrorism, and Torture: Contemporary Challenges to Just War Theory
Morality, Prudence, and Nuclear Weapons
Cambridge University Press, 1993
What Is the Argument: Critical Thinking in the Real World
Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Humanity
Rowman & Allanheld (Rowman & Littlefield, Publishers, Inc.), 1986
Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear States, & Terrorism, 4th Edition
Sloane Publishing , 2006
The Nuclear Predicament: An Introduction
Prentice Hall Press, 1989
The Nuclear Predicament: Nuclear Weapons in the Cold War and Beyond
Prentice Hall Press, 1991
Interview opportunities and additional background information may be requested through the Office of Communications, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, New York. Phone: (315) 781-3540. After business hours, Communications staff members are accessible through contact information on their answering machine at that number.
Steven Lee joined the faculty of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1981, having previously taught at Bowling Green State University. He received his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Delaware and his Ph. D. at York University.
Lee has written a number of books and co-authored a book with faculty members of the Colleges. He has also written for numerous publications and is frequently consulted by a variety of publications for his expertise in ethics, nuclear weapons, and just war theory. In addition, he has served on panels that discuss war and the use of nuclear weapons and their effects on the public and society.
Lee is currently the chairman of the philosophy department and his professional affiliations include the American Philosophical Association and the American University of Professors (AUP).