War Ethics

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War Ethics The dominance of which ethical theory, emotivism or moral realism, would produce the most cohesion in a unit? Why? Constructing a sense of right and wrong according to a cross-section of internal and culturally shared moral ideals is a critical phase of individual development. However, there is some sense amongst social critics that recent decades have seen a simultaneous rise in ideas of individualism and a sharp decline in shared moral constructs. This is a proclivity for free-floating individualism that defies the obligations of a cohesive military unit. According to the article by Brooks (2011), for instance, "in most times and in most places, the group was seen to be the essential moral unit. A shared religion defined rules and practices. Cultures structured people's imaginations and imposed moral disciplines. But now more people are led to assume that the free-floating individual is the essential moral unit. Morality was once revealed, inherited and shared, but now it's thought of as something that emerges in the privacy of your own heart." (p. 1) While this may be an appealing orientation for individual survivability in a society where materialism and consumerism are seen as the highest rewards, the reading by MacIntyre (?) points out that this is a problematic orientation for a military unit. The notion of emotivism is particularly destructive to the goals of any given fighting force because it calls for a degree of moral relativism that inherently
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