Ethics of Military Deception

Ethics of Military Deception

Description

Military deception is institutionalized as a practice in warfare to the same extent that warfare is institutionalized as a social practice among the community of nations. However, throughout the philosophical history of the West and except for the context of warfare, there has existed a strong moral presumption against, if not outright proscription of, virtually all forms of deception in human affairs. While, in almost every context of social intercourse, one would be held morally blameworthy for deceiving another, certain military deceptions perpetrated in wartime traditionally are heralded as examples of great military cunning and skill--hardly attributes to be regarded as morally blameworthy at all. The purpose of this study is to define exactly what is meant and not meant by military deception, to trace the history of the ethical issues raised concerning it over the past two millennia as evidenced in the writings of principal contributors to the just war tradition, to propose an ethical account for military deception as a morally acceptable practice in war, and to identify the residual issues that the proposed account leaves less than completely resolved.


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Details

Author(s)
John M Mattox
Format
Paperback | 130 pages
Dimensions
189 x 246 x 7mm | 245g
Publication date
17 Sep 2012
Publisher
Biblioscholar
Publication City/Country
United States
Language
English
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations
ISBN10
1249408733
ISBN13
9781249408734