Empowering Our Military Conscience

Empowering Our Military Conscience

by Roger Wertheimer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754678946

ISBN-13: 9780754678946

Pub. Date: 02/16/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Responding to increasing global anxiety over the ethics education of military personnel, this volume illustrates the depth, rigour and critical acuity of Professional Military Ethics Education (PMEE) with contributions by distinguished ethical theorists. It refreshes our thinking about the axioms of just war orthodoxy, the intellectual and political history of just

Overview

Responding to increasing global anxiety over the ethics education of military personnel, this volume illustrates the depth, rigour and critical acuity of Professional Military Ethics Education (PMEE) with contributions by distinguished ethical theorists. It refreshes our thinking about the axioms of just war orthodoxy, the intellectual and political history of just war theorizing, and the justice of recent military doctrines and ventures. The volume also explores a neglected moral dimension of warfare, jus ante bellum (the ethics of pre-war practices) - particularly jus in disciplina bellica (the ethics of educating for warfare). Using metaphor to exemplify the professionalization of the military, the book exposes ambivalences within military professionals' concepts of their professional responsibilities, analyzes issues of self-respect posed by service in an unjust cause, and surveys the deep conflicts inherent in PMEE. While primarily focused on US military academies, the volume will resonate with those responsible for education in military academies across the globe.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754678946
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/16/2010
Series:
Military and Defence Ethics Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction: a great awakening, Roger Wertheimer. Part I Jus ad Bellum: The triumph of just war theory (and the dangers of success), Michael Walzer; 'Methodological anarchy': arguing about preventive war, George R. Lucas Jr; Crossing borders to fight injustice: the ethics of humanitarian intervention, Richard W. Miller. Part II Jus in Bello: The proper role of intention in military decision making, T.M. Scanlon; Ethics for calamities: how strict is the moral rule against targeting non-combatants?, Jeffrey Reiman; Invincible ignorance, moral equality, and professional obligation, Richard Schoonhoven. Part III Jus ante Bellum: The moral singularity of military professionalism, Roger Wertheimer; The morality of military ethics education, Roger Wertheimer; Index.

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