Awakening Warrior: Revolution in the Ethics of Warfare (Suny Series, Ethics and the Military Profession)

ISBN: 9780791471265
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication Date: 2007-05-10
Number of pages: 244
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Awakening Warrior argues for a revolution in the ethics of warfare for the American War Machine--those political and military institutions that engage the world with physical force. Timothy L. Challans focuses on the systemic, institutional level of morality rather than bemoaning the moral shortcomings of individuals. He asks: What are the limits of individual moral agency? What kind of responsibility do individuals have when considering institutional moral error? How is it that neutral or benign moral actions performed by individuals can have such catastrophic morally negative effects from a systemic perspective? Drawing upon and extending the ethical theories of Kant, Dewey, and Rawls, Challans makes the case for an original set of moral principles to guide ethical action on the battlefield.

..".[Challans's] call for reformation combined with a demand for a new set of moral principles to govern the ethical behavior on the battlefield is certain to garner the attention and ire of many readers and military leaders." -- Parameters

"This is an important book that needs to be read and taken seriously. If it is, it could be as revolutionary as its subtitle suggests." -- CHOICE

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