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Author French, Peter A.

Title War and moral dissonance / Peter A. French
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 343 pages)
Contents The two-collar conflict : a philosopher's memoir of the Iraq War -- Our better angels have broken wings : human nature and the nature of evil -- Responsibility for innocence lost -- Virtuous responses to moral evil -- Assessing attempts at moral originality -- Public and private honor, shame, and the appraising audience -- Torture -- Community and worthwhile living in Second Life -- Of merels and morals : musts and oughts -- Inference gaps in moral assessment : individuals, organizations, and institutions -- Blaming whole populations : the American people and the Iraq War -- The moral challenge of collective memories -- Corporate responsibility and punishment redux -- Mission creep
Summary "This collection of essays, inspired by the author's experience teaching ethics to Marine and Navy chaplains during the Iraq War, examines the moral and psychological dilemmas posed by war. The first section deals directly with Dr. Peter A. French's teaching experience and the specific challenges posed by teaching applied and theoretical ethics to men and women wrestling with the immediate and personal moral conflicts occasioned by the dissonance of their duties as military officers with their religious convictions. The following chapters grew out of philosophical discussions with these chaplains regarding specific ethical issues surrounding the Iraq War, including the nature of moral evil, forgiveness, mercy, retributive punishment, honor, torture, responsibility, and just war theory. This book represents a unique viewpoint on the philosophical problems of war, illuminating the devastating toll combat experiences take on both an individual's sense of identity and a society's professed moral code"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-338) and index
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Subject French, Peter A.
United States. Marine Corps -- Chaplains.
United States. Navy -- Chaplains.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Chaplains -- United States.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Psychological aspects.
Military chaplains -- Professional ethics -- United States.
Military ethics -- Study and teaching -- United States.
War -- Moral and ethical aspects.
United States -- Moral conditions.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511782179 (electronic bk.)
0511910045 (electronic bk.)
9780511782176 (electronic bk.)
9780511910043 (electronic bk.)