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Military Ethics: Its Nature and Pedagogy

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This chapter presents the authors' view on military ethics as a form of applied ethics on a scientific basis and discusses their basic assumptions with regard to teaching military ethics. It talks about the implications of developing and stimulating moral competence and thus moral integrity in the military. The military penal code and the chain of command impose discipline, whereas Standard Operating Procedures and Rules of Engagement give clear instructions on the type of conduct required under specified circumstances. The military organisation is in many aspects different from other, civilian, organisations; however, not on the issue of having its own moral responsibilities. Integrity is not a concept that "just" belongs to the sphere of professional ethics. Integrity is a virtue and as with all virtues, and again with reference to Aristotle, it implies that one has to find the "right mean".

Keywords: Aristotle; integrity; military ethics; military organisation; military penal code



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