War and Moral Dissonance

War and Moral Dissonance

by Peter A. French
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1107000483

ISBN-13: 9781107000483

Pub. Date: 10/25/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This collection of essays, inspired by the author’s experience teaching ethics to Marine and Navy chaplains during the Iraq War, examines the moral and psychological dilemmas posed by war. The first section deals directly with Dr. Peter A. French’s teaching experience and the specific challenges posed by teaching applied and theoretical ethics to men

Overview

This collection of essays, inspired by the author’s experience teaching ethics to Marine and Navy chaplains during the Iraq War, examines the moral and psychological dilemmas posed by war. The first section deals directly with Dr. Peter A. French’s teaching experience and the specific challenges posed by teaching applied and theoretical ethics to men and women wrestling with the immediate and personal moral conflicts occasioned by the dissonance of their duties as military officers with their religious convictions. The following chapters grew out of philosophical discussions with these chaplains regarding specific ethical issues surrounding the Iraq War, including the nature of moral evil, forgiveness, mercy, retributive punishment, honor, torture, responsibility, and just war theory. This book represents a unique viewpoint on the philosophical problems of war, illuminating the devastating toll combat experiences take on both an individual’s sense of identity and a society’s professed moral code.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107000483
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/25/2010
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. The two-collar conflict: a philosopher's memoir of the Iraq War; 2. Our better angels have broken wings: human nature and the nature of evil; 3. Responsibility for innocence lost; 4. Virtuous responses to moral evil; 5. Assessing attempts at moral originality; 6. Public and private honor, shame, and the appraising audience; 7. Torture; 8. Community and worthwhile living in Second Life; 9. Of merels and morals: musts and oughts; 10. Inference gaps in moral assessment: individuals, organizations, and institutions; 11. Blaming whole populations: the American people and the Iraq War; 12. The moral challenge of collective memories; 13. Corporate responsibility and punishment redux; 14. Mission creep.

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