A Moral Military

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Should a good soldier ever disobey a direct military order? Are there restrictions on how we fight a war? What is meant by "military honor," and does it really affect the contemporary soldier? Is human dignity possible under battlefield conditions? Sidney Axinn considers these basic ethical questions within the context of the laws of warfare and answers "yes" to each of these questions. In this study of the conduct of war, he examines actions that are honorable or dishonorable and provides the first full-length ...

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Overview

Should a good soldier ever disobey a direct military order? Are there restrictions on how we fight a war? What is meant by "military honor," and does it really affect the contemporary soldier? Is human dignity possible under battlefield conditions? Sidney Axinn considers these basic ethical questions within the context of the laws of warfare and answers "yes" to each of these questions. In this study of the conduct of war, he examines actions that are honorable or dishonorable and provides the first full-length treatment of the military conventions from a philosophical point of view.

Axinn gives a philosophical analysis of the "Laws of Warfare" as found in the Hague and Geneva Conventions, which have been agreed to by almost every nation in the world. The aims of his study are to establish a basic twentieth-century framework for moral military action and to assist military personnel in analyzing their won professional ethic. Stating that moral reasoning is required by people in military uniform in a wide variety of situatiions, the author examines the question of the limits of military obedience.

Axinn argues for the seriousness of the concept of military honor but limits honorable military activity by a strict interpretation of the notion of war crime. Major chapters deal with military honor, prisoners of war, spying, war crimes, the diry-hands theory of command, nuclear weapons, terrorism, and covert operations.

This philosophical study of the line between honorable and dishonorable military action cautions that in compliance with the war conventions professional military personnel and knowledgeable civilians must not lose their moral nerve nor abandon honor to satisfy immoral political requests.

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In order to make warfare more humane, the [Geneva and the Hague] Conventions require nations to teach their provisions to their entire military and civilian populations. This book is written to promote and achieve that end, to defend the rules of war and to explain the reasons for them. …it goes a long way toward teaching the basic Conventions of war and showing strong reasons for following them.
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An interesting read. If war is immoral, can a war be fought morally? According to Axinn philosophy, Temple U., yes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592139576
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Sidney Axinn is Professor Emeritus, Philosophy Department, Temple University, and Curtesy Professor, Philosophy, University of South Florida. He is Past President of the American Society for Value Inquiry, and the author of The Logic of Hope: Extensions of Kant's View of Religion.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2008 edition Preface to the original edition
1. Introduction
2. Morality: Why Sacrifice Myself? What are moral questions?
3. Military Honor and the Laws of Warfare: When Can I Lie to the Enemy?
4. Hostilities: All Is Not Fair
5. Prisoners of War
6. Spies
7. Non-Hostile Relations with the Enemy
8. War Crimes, Remedies, and Retaliation (Dirty Warfare)
9. The Dirty-Hands Theory of Command
10. Torture
11. Nuclear Devices and Low-Intensity Conflicts
12. Conclusions Appendix 1. Are the Hague and Geneva Conventions Obsolete?
Appendix 2. Topics Not Considered in the Text Appendix 3. Test on the Laws of Land Warfare Notes Brief Bibliography Index

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