Warrior, Military Ethics and Contemporary Warfare: Achilles Goes Asymmetrical (Military and Defence Ethics)

Warrior, Military Ethics and Contemporary Warfare: Achilles Goes Asymmetrical (Military and Defence Ethics)

By: Pauline M. Kaurin (author), Professor James Connelly (series_editor), Professor George Lucas (series_editor), Professor Paul Robinson (series_editor), Mr. Don Carrick (series_editor)Hardback

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When it comes to thinking about war and warriors, first there was Achilles, and then the rest followed. The choice of the term warrior is an important one for this discussion. While there has been extensive discussion on what counts as military professionalism, that is what makes a soldier, sailor or other military personnel a professional, the warrior archetype (varied for the various roles and service branches) still holds sway in the military self-conception, rooted as it is in the more existential notions of war, honor and meaning. In this volume, Kaurin uses Achilles as a touch stone for discussing the warrior, military ethics and the aspects of contemporary warfare that go by the name of 'asymmetrical war.' The title of the book cuts two ways-Achilles as a warrior archetype to help us think through the moral implications and challenges posed by asymmetrical warfare, but also as an archetype of our adversaries to help us think about asymmetric opponents.

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Pauline Kaurin holds a PhD in Philosophy from Temple University, and is a specialist in military ethics, just war theory, philosophy of law and applied ethics. She is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and teaches courses in military ethics, warfare, business ethics and philosophy of law. Recent publications include: When Less is not More: Expanding the Combatant/Non-Combatant Distinction and With Fear and Trembling: A Qualified Defense of Non-Lethal Weapons.


Contents: Introduction; Courage; Loyalty; When less is not more: expanding the combatant/non-combatant distinction; War and risk: non-lethal weapons and unmanned warfare; Rules of rescue: jus in bello and humanitarian intervention; Reshaping Achilles: warrior ethos and identity; The education of Achilles: moral education for asymmetric contexts; War stories: narrative and teaching case studies; Navigating the great divide; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/08/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781409465362
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 154
  • ID: 9781409465362
  • weight: 430
  • ISBN10: 1409465365

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