The Protector Ethic: Morality, Virtue, and Ethics in the Martial Way

The Protector Ethic: Morality, Virtue, and Ethics in the Martial Way

by James V Morganelli


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ISBN-13: 9781594395581
Publisher: Ymaa Publication Center
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 1,245,865
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James V. Morganelli has been involved in martial arts for nearly forty years. He is the head instructor of the Bujinkan Shingitai-Ichi Dojo, and he holds a master’s degree in social philosophy from Loyola University. He is a member of Resolution Group International, experts dedicated to teaching ethical, verbal, and physical skills to civilians, law enforcement, and the military. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Prologue Chapter 1 1. The Martial Is Moral Know Your Ought The Protector Ethic A Moral-Physical Philosophy On Ethics What More Than This? Look Death in the Face 2. To Value: Justice as Honor A Genuine Fake Respect: Owed or Earned? Justice or Just-Us? The Way of Justice The Moral as Martial: Honesty The Hunting Story A Warrant for Your Attest Aligning the Moral Compass Without Must, Ought, and Should The Polite Absurdity Honor Chapter 2—To Reason: Temperance as Integrity Stepping Forward Self-Risk Is Self-Worth Reason to Risk The Moral as Martial: Discipline Context Counts The Hero and the Warrior Integrity Chapter 3—To Judge: Prudence as Vigilance Wisdom from Knowledge The Painting or the Guard? Discerning Priorities Eye of the Beholder The Moral as Martial: Viability Enter the Ethical Warrior Vigilance Chapter 4—To Act: Courage as Rectitude The Storms of Human Nature Alligators Alligator Evil From Sun Tzu to Sensei Obvious The Moral as Martial: Ingenuity Take the World As It Is Only Real Is Real Rectitude Epilogue Works Cited About the Author Acknowledgments

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greywalker More than 1 year ago
The author examines the fundamentally paradoxical question at the heart of all martial arts training. Why study principles of violence and war in an effort to promote peace and harmony in the world? This book begs the reader to ask the question, "why do I train?" and provides a thoughtful and detailed description of the fundamental ethical motivations behind all martial arts study. One quality of truthful wisdom is that it often feels "obvious" when we hear it. We read a passage that rings true in our spirit and think "well, of course, that's obvious." The fact is, however, that these truths often aren't obvious at all, until they are brought to our attention. In a world where these fundamental truths are lacking, and the human race seems polarized, individualized, and constantly afraid of one another, Morganelli's work is all the more important, because it seems obviously true. If more of us would ask ourselves "why" we feel compelled to practice protective principles, the world would be a better place, indeed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a world inundated with noise, Mr. Morganelli’s book provides his readers with the ability to retreat from the whirlwind we are daily bombarded with and be pensive about the most precious thing we all possess (i.e. life). Refreshingly, The Protector Ethic is neither a vapid self-help text nor a shameless sales pitch for his particular brand. The author seems to genuinely care about the value of human life and provides thoughtful, hard-fought for ideas about how the martial way physically manifests the good life. The book seamlessly combines ancient wisdom from the east and west with modern situations we all could face at any single moment. The result is a pleasurable meditation on both how and why to protect oneself and others, and if possible, even your attackers. If you can think of a better reason to train, good luck. This book raises the bar on what we can expect from either a philosophical meandering or any martial arts tome, in that it gives us something to think about in addition to something to do. Most texts it seems accomplish one at best, and all too often accomplish neither, but The Protector Ethic is of a different breed. I enthusiastically endorse this work and hope many people will honestly give this book a shot regardless of whether it gels with their current ideology. Mr. Morganelli’s voice is perhaps most needed now, and it is my hope that it will continue to be heard for a long time. At worst, it will have you productively thinking about some very hard questions. At best, it will inspire you to go out and do something in order to make the world a better and safer place.