An Introduction to Military Ethics: A Reference Handbook

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Macmillan, 2009 - History - 165 pages
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"An Introduction to Military Ethics: A Reference Handbook" presents the philosophical and conceptual foundations of military ethics, offering an excellent foundation for exploration and discussion of these issues. It focuses first on the 2,500-year legacy of the "just war theory" and its application through history. It then moves to the application of that tradition in the modern era, showing how acts of terrorism by nonstate participants require a new theory and way of thinking about when and how armed force can be justifiably employed. Further, the author analyzes how new theories might alter the fundamental identity of traditional defensive military forces.

The book also addresses peacetime ethical issues, such as gender integration and the role of religion in the military. The book is essential reading for military officers and students, as well as those policymakers who confront decisions about how to deploy military force during the War on Terror.

  

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Contents

Ethics in the Real World
1
Chapter 1 An Overview of Applied Ethics for the Military
2
Chapter 2 Just War Thinking JWT in Historical Perspective
23
Chapter 3 Philosophical Foundations of Military Ethics
49
Chapter 4 Jus ad Bellum Today
77
Chapter 5 Jus in Bello Today
102
Chapter 6 Adapting to Contemporary Challenges
119
Chapter 7 Cultural Ethical Issues
130
Chapter 8 Modern Military Identity
147
Selected Bibliography
157
Index
163
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