How Do I Save My Honor?: War, Moral Integrity, and Principled Resignation

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2009 - History - 223 pages
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How Do I Save My Honor? is a powerful exploration of individual moral responsibility in a time of war. When people decide that the actions of their government have violated basic norms of ethics and justice, what are they to do? Are there degrees of moral responsibility that public officials, soldiers, and private citizens bear for unethical actions of their leaders and government? William F. Felice considers these central ethical questions through the compelling stories of individuals in the U.S. and British government and military who struggled to protect their moral integrity during the Iraq war and occupation. Some came to the difficult conclusion that resignation from their post was necessary to maintain their responsibility to the truth and to uphold their honor. Others decided to work from within to try to correct what they perceived as misguided policies. Examining the struggles of these contemporary men and women, as well as of historical figures facing similar dilemmas, William Felice weighs the profound difficulties of overcoming the intense pressures of misguided loyalty, patriotism, and groupthink that predominate during war.
 

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Contents

Ch01 Introduction
1
Ch02 The Moral Obligations ofCivil Servants and Soldiers
11
Ch03 Ethical Theory and War
41
Ch04 Staying In
65
Ch05 Getting Out
97
Ch06 The Ethical Soldier
125
Ch07 Britain
147
Ch08 Individual MoralResponsibility ina Time of War
179
Notes
199
Index
217
About the Author
223
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William F. Felice is professor of political science at Eckerd College.

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