An Introduction to Military Ethics: A Reference Handbook by Bill Rhodes

By Bill Rhodes

An creation to army Ethics: A Reference instruction manual provides the philosophical and conceptual foundations of army ethics, providing a superb origin for exploration and dialogue of those concerns. It focuses first at the 2,500-year legacy of the "just battle idea" and its software via background. It then strikes to the appliance of that culture within the sleek period, exhibiting how acts of terrorism by means of nonstate members require a brand new conception and frame of mind approximately while and the way armed strength could be justifiably hired. extra, the writer analyzes how new theories may perhaps adjust the basic identification of conventional protecting army forces. The publication additionally addresses peacetime moral matters, comparable to gender integration and the position of faith within the army. The ebook is vital interpreting for army officials and scholars, in addition to these policymakers who confront judgements approximately easy methods to installation army strength in the course of the warfare on Terror.

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1 (1997): 38–53. CHAPTER 2 Just War Thinking (JWT) in Historical Perspective This chapter introduces the major themes of thinking about justifying the use of armed force on behalf of a political community from a historical perspective. The next chapter examines the major philosophical streams of thought that have been brought to bear on the problem and shows how they are in play today. To avoid misunderstanding, it is worth mentioning at the outset that numerous terms are in play in the contemporary vocabulary of just war.

And third, such a requirement would prohibit the weaker from ever engaging the stronger in war. ” In general, the idea that wars can be justified on religious grounds is rejected. 50 The only exception is the case in which a ruler opposes his subject’s conversion to Christianity. ”52 If a cause is honestly just, its justice ought to be discernible by the rulers of the opposing state. For this reason, Suarez requires a declaration of that just cause before initiating violence. This gives the opposition an opportunity to examine the cause and determine whether they agree that it is just.

Much of military ethical thinking takes place in the context that offers only limited choices. ” For example, although a nation may cherish its independence, other nations may threaten that very independence through physical aggression. The victim of aggression may have only limited choices—active defense or loss of the very freedom that makes choice possible. ” Or, an air force may be faced with the question of how to handle a hijacked airliner that is likely to be flown into an occupied building.

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