Duty Ethics And The Professional Military Ethic

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Even with all our magic technology and deep knowledge of the physical world, human beings still face the same crucial existential questions that concerned our ancestors thousands of years ago. Among these, is the question of what is good and what is bad. While many in the modern era prefer to bypass this issue, believing instead that everything is relative, most of us struggle with the concepts of good and bad every day. This extends into the field of moral philosophy, where three major and distinct ethical theories have come to dominate the contemporary debate: outcome ethics (or consequentialism), duty ethics (or deontology) and virtue ethics. Passing under criticism these three concepts allows evaluating my own philosophy and comparing its compliance to the professional military ethic.
Duty ethics or deontology assesses all actions based on a series of rules. This concept views the morality of any action from one angle, the respect of rules. On other words, duty ethics is the set of rules governing a group, the conduct of those who form it based on the rights and obligations defined by law or fundamental texts. This type of ethics, called also non-consequential ethics, presents a clear way to behave within a society. However, it limits initiative and creativity, and in other cases, it could create conflict with moral values. A good example is the situation of a prisoner of war who lies to protect professional secret by. In sum, duty ethics is more concerned about rules…

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