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Ethics In The Core Of Officer Education: Some Philosophical Aspects For Curriculum Transformation

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This chapter outlines some philosophical views for a military officer education curriculum in a world in which peace building, security sector reform, human security, and civil-military relations are growing in importance. All of these have much to do with education. Especially the second generation of civil-military relations is an educational process with the aim of providing both civilians and soldiers with a new way to think about security and life in a liberal democracy. These issues are often understood as political, but they are ethical as well, because ethics concerns us as persons and our way of acting. One of the main ethical issues is to understand that ethics is very individual, but global as well. Ethics means an individuals personal responsibility for human life and for life in general. This kind of personal responsibility, informed by practical wisdom, is the aim of a curriculum as praxis.

Keywords: civil-military relations; global ethics; human security; military officer education; military transformation; peace building; security sector reform



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