Peter H. Denton, Associate professor

Peter H. Denton, Associate professor
(613) 541-6000
War Studies
Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4

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Brief History

Dr. Peter H. Denton was promoted to Associate Professor of History (part-time) at the Royal Military College of Canada in 2006, having taught in the Officer Professional Military Education Program since 2003 and in the War Studies graduate program since 2004. He is an instructor in Ethics and in Technical Communications at Red River College, and teaches ethics by distance education for the Philosophy Department at the University of Manitoba. He is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Defence and Security Studies and a Research Associate of the Centre for Professional and Applied Ethics at the University of Manitoba; and a member of the Royal Military Institute of Manitoba. He is also an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada.


  • B.A. (Hons.) in English and History (Winnipeg)
  • M.A. in English (UNB)
  • M.A. in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST, Toronto)
  • M.Div. (Knox, Toronto)
  • Ph.D. in Religion and the Social Sciences (McMaster)

His current research interests include: ethical issues in technology, society and culture; history and philosophy of technology; technology, warfare and society in the 21st century; religion and warfare; education for sustainability; globalization; ethics and migration; sociology of religion; science and religion; and religion and politics.

For War Studies, he has developed and taught courses on religion and modern war; modern warfare and technological development; and total war.

Selected Publications

  • Believers in the Battlespace: Religion, Ideology and War (Forthcoming, CDA Press), edited.
  • Battleground: Science and Technology. 2 vols. (Greenwood Press, 2008) edited, with Sal Restivo.
  • "The End of Asymmetry: Force Disparity and the Aims of War." Canadian Military Journal 7 No. 2 (Summer 2006), 23-28. Reprinted in The Difficult War: Perspectives on Insurgency and Special Operations Forces, ed. Emily Spencer (CDA Press/Dundurn, 2009) 43-52.
  • The Philosophy of Technology, edited volume. Essays in Philosophy Vol. 6, No. 1 (January 2005)
  • The ABC of Armageddon: Bertrand Russell on Science, Religion and the Next War, 1919-1938. SUNY Series on Science, Technology and Society, ed. Sal Restivo and Jennifer Croissant. (State University of New York Press, 2001).
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