Saturday, February 8, 2014

Teaching military ethics properly

Here is a story in the NY Times that describes a military ethics course that is being taught properly: It is being co-taught by a young, but competent philosopher (I've met Mr. Pence and I know his work) and a retired Air Force Major General. Kudos to Notre Dame for making this possible.

Too many classes in applied ethics are taught by people who either know nothing about ethics or about the subject they are talking about. Too many academic papers in applied ethics (military ethics, bioethics, computer ethics, business ethics, etc) are written by people who are experts in one and think the other is trivial. I hope Mr. Pence and MG Latiff get to take a close look at the literature in military ethics together and write something useful. 

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