Chivalry and Codes of Conduct: Can the Virtue of Chivalry Epitomize Guidelines for Interpersonal Conduct?

TitleChivalry and Codes of Conduct: Can the Virtue of Chivalry Epitomize Guidelines for Interpersonal Conduct?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsMoelker, R, Kümmel, G
JournalJournal of Military Ethics
Date Published2007
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number15027570
KeywordsBenevolent , CHIVALRY , codes , MILITARY , Moral , Respect , SEXISM
AbstractIn this article, we distinguish between a 'game code of conduct', an 'ethical and/or legal code of the military profession', 'codes of social intercourse', and a 'code of respect', and we assess to what extent these codes are reflected in the chivalrous behaviour we see today. Chivalry has developed from archaic medieval game codes of conduct into a codification regarding the laws of war and humanitarian law, but also in behavioural standards that are formalized in books of etiquette. However, these forms of moral codes of conduct do not overcome the problem of benevolent sexism, due to the fact that 'chivalry' is in essence a masculine ideology that excludes women from the military profession. Eventually, chivalric codes of social intercourse might develop into a code of respect, which may solve this issue. 
NotesMoelker, Reneé 1; Email Address: Kümmel, Gerhard 2; Affiliation: 1: Netherlands Defence Academy, Faculty of Military Sciences, Breda, The Netherlands 2: Sozialwissenschafliches Institut der Bundeswehr, Strausberg, Germany; Source Info: Nov2007, Vol. 6 Issue 4, p292; Subject Term: SEXISM; Subject Term: CHIVALRY; Subject Term: CODES of ethics; Subject Term: RESPECT; Subject Term: MILITARY ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Benevolent sexism; Author-Supplied Keyword: chivalry; Author-Supplied Keyword: moral codes of conduct; Author-Supplied Keyword: respect; Number of Pages: 11p; Document Type: Article