The workshop titled "Peace in Times of a Third World War Fought Piecemeal," held on April 24th at the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Innsbruck, centered around Pope Francis's observation that wars are being waged worldwide when considering all forms of violence that violate people's fundamental rights.
The workshop began with Wolfgang Palaver providing an overview of recent developments in Catholic peace ethics. Andreas Müller (Medical Law Research Center) then discussed the opportunities and limitations of international law, with Jodok Troy (Political Sciences) acting as a respondent. Martin Senn's (Political Sciences) contribution focused on the relationship between nuclear weapons and security, with Stefan Hoffmann offering a response.
In the afternoon session, philosopher Ephraim Meir from Bar-Ilan University presented the concept of peace in Levinas's philosophy, which states that the traditional philosophical pursuit of knowledge is secondary to a basic ethical duty to the other.
Mr. Meir highlighted Emmanuel Levinas’s connections to Franz Rosenzweig and Vassili Grossman. Meir's presentation was followed by Andreas Oberprantacher's (Philosophy) response, questioning the absence of a dialectical relationship between politics and morality in Levinas. Louise du Toit (Philosophy, Stellenbosch University) critically examined the distinction between war and peace, referencing authors such as Nelson Maldonado-Torres and Adriana Cavarero. Michaela Quast-Neulinger (Systematic Theology) provided a response to du Toit's contribution. Ed Noort (Ancient Hebrew Literature and Material Culture of the Levant, University of Groningen) concluded the workshop by discussing meta-narratives in apocalyptic times, drawing examples from the Hebrew Bible, with Wilhelm Guggenberger (Systematic Theology) acting as the respondent.