An Introduction to Military Ethics: A Reference Handbook

An Introduction to Military Ethics: A Reference Handbook

An Introduction to Military Ethics: A Reference Handbook

An Introduction to Military Ethics: A Reference Handbook

Excerpt

This work surveys some of the most basic and enduring problems of military ethics. The first chapter outlines some of the fundamental concepts of applied ethics and is intended to provide the philosophical groundwork for framing practical issues. The second chapter offers a historical overview of the Western Just War Tradition from the ancients to the 20th century. Chapter 3 takes on the unique aspects of military life, military members, and the use of military force in the name of a political community. Chapter 4 examines the ethical aspects of the resort to armed force in the contemporary arena. The fifth chapter surveys the conduct of armed hostilities and the ethical underpinnings of the rules of warfare. Chapter 6 is concerned with emerging controversies and challenges faced by modern militaries, such as humanitarian intervention and dealing with nonstate actors, including terrorism. Chapter 7 is devoted to cultural issues in the modern military, including controversies over the full integration of women into the services. The final chapter addresses professional identity for the modern military.

The issues this book addresses are complex, and reasonable people can disagree over many of them. Such disagreement offers fertile intellectual ground for learning more about the issues themselves, as well as for making progress in terms of policy choices. If this book stimulates thoughtful discussion among practitioners, it will have accomplished its purpose.

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.