Military Obedience: Does the Answer Lie in Professionalism?

TitleMilitary Obedience: Does the Answer Lie in Professionalism?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsGiddy, P
JournalProfessional Ethics: A Multidisciplinary Journal
Volume10
Issue2-3-4
Pagination207-230
Type of ArticleJournal Article
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1063-6579
AbstractConsistent with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa (henceforth, the TRC), I argue that a common affirmation of a substantive (rather than simply procedural) social good, namely, nationhood is a necessary foundation for an understanding of an ethical sense of obedience. So far as concerns the military, the ethical problem has been seen in terms of the need to check any partisan or extremist attitudes often characteristic of the armed forces. and for these purposes the idea of "professionalism" has been invoked. I argue, however, that insofar as this is understood as prescinding from any substantive idea of the good, it will fail as an adequate ethical basis for the new military. As a convenient foil for my argument, I draw upon Jonathan Glover's recent survey--which was taken from a less communitarian point of view than the one I am suggesting--of the moral atrocities of the twentieth century. (edited)
NotesCover Date: Summer-FALL 2002.Source Info: 10(2-3-4), 207-230. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 39-3. Subject: ETHICS; MILITARY; NATIONHOOD; OBEDIENCE; PROFESSIONALISM; SOUTH AFRICAN. Subject Person: WEIL, SIMONE. Update Code: 20100311.

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