NS3903 Ethical Theory for Military Officers

This course is a philosophical survey of major ethical theories that individuals or societies use to form their moral worldview. One presupposition of the course is that, as moral agents by virtue of being in various relationships with others, everybody has a philosophy--a way of thinking about and engaging others-that is, our social behavior. Thus, the course will also seek to move the student, as a military officer and a moral agent, beyond an external understanding of the major ethical theories and ask them to articulate their moral worldview and the ethical framework (theory) that forms the skeleton of that worldview. Such introspection is also vital for engaging other cultures when deployed as operators, analysts, or staff officers. In short, this course is designed to enable military officers to gain that inner knowledge and engage others from positions of ethical strength rather than of weakness. Prerequisites: None.

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