Torture And The Military Profession

Hardcover | November 15, 2007

byJessica Wolfendale

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The military claims to be an honourable profession, yet military torture is widespread. Why is the military violating its own values? Jessica Wolfendale argues that the prevalence of military torture is linked to military training methods that cultivate the psychological dispositions connected to crimes of obedience. While these methods are used, the military has no credible claim to professional status. Combating torture requires that we radically rethink the nature of the military profession and military training.

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The military claims to be an honourable profession, yet military torture is widespread. Why is the military violating its own values? Jessica Wolfendale argues that the prevalence of military torture is linked to military training methods that cultivate the psychological dispositions connected to crimes of obedience. While these method...

JESSICA WOLFENDALE is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has published on military ethics, the ethics of torture, and moral philosophy.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.85 × 5.64 × 0.82 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230001823

ISBN - 13:9780230001824

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Table of Contents

Introduction * Professions and Professional Ethics * Virtue Ethics and Professional Roles * Professional Ethics and the Military * Obedience in the Military * Military Torture * Military Training and Moral Agency * The Moral Psychology of Torture * Conclusion