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In this new edition of the classic book on the moral conduct of war, Sidney Axinn provides a full-length treatment of the military conventions from a philosophical point of view. Axinn considers these basic ethical questions within the context of the laws of warfare: Should a good soldier ever disobey a direct military order? Are there restrictions on how we fight a war? What is meant by “military honor,” and does it really affect the contemporary soldier? Is human dignity possible under battlefield conditions?

Axinn answers “yes” to these questions. His objective in A Moral Military is to establish a basic framework for moral military action and to assist in analyzing military professional ethics. He argues for the seriousness of the concept of military honor but limits honorable military activity by a strict interpretation of the notion of war crime.

With revisions and expansions throughout, including a new chapter on torture, A Moral Military is an essential guide on the nature of war during a time when the limits of acceptable behavior are being stretched in new directions.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Preface to the First Edition
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. 1. Introduction: The Kind of Question Involved in Moral Military Action
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 2. Morality: Why Sacrifice Myself?
  2. pp. 11-39
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  1. 3. Military Honor and the Laws of Warfare: When Can I Lie to the Enemy?
  2. pp. 40-64
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  1. 4. Hostilities: All Is Not Fair
  2. pp. 65-86
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  1. 5. Prisoners of War
  2. pp. 87-96
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  1. 6. Spies: Defining a Spy
  2. pp. 97-106
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  1. 7. Nonhostile Relations with the Enemy
  2. pp. 107-112
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  1. 8. War Crimes, Remedies, and Retaliation (Dirty Warfare)
  2. pp. 113-139
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  1. 9. The Dirty-Hands Theory of Command
  2. pp. 140-152
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  1. 10. Torture
  2. pp. 153-162
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  1. 11. Nuclear Devices and Low-intensity Conflicts
  2. pp. 163-177
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  1. 12. Conclusions: The War Conventions as a Moral Code
  2. pp. 178-196
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  1. Appendix 1. Are the Hague and Geneva Conventions Obsolete?
  2. pp. 197-202
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  1. Appendix 2. Topics Not Considered in the Text
  2. pp. 203-206
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  1. Appendix 3. Test on the Laws of Land Warfare
  2. pp. 207-212
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 213-232
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  1. Brief Bibliography
  2. pp. 233-236
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 237-240
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781592139590
Related ISBN
9781592139583
MARC Record
OCLC
826515939
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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