The value of this research is in suggesting that soldiers are morally obligated to accept more risk than modern warfare typically places, or at least historically has placed, on them. It also has implications for military ethics education in that it suggests that soldiers’ characters should be shaped in such a way as to dispose them to sacrifice. Further, it has implications for the use of Just War Theory in international relations by introducing a moral framework through which political leaders can determine when they might be morally obligated to forgive the indiscretions of another nation, and what it means to forgive in this context. As such, it makes a contribution to a growing discussion within Just War Theory: jus post bellum – the moral norms surrounding the resolution of conflict.
This chapter will form a substantial section of a chapter of my doctoral thesis. I am grateful for feedback from my supervisors, Christian Enemark and Hayden Ramsay, who have greatly improved the quality of this chapter. I originally tested these ideas at the AAPAE conference in Fremantle, 2013. I am also hugely grateful for the insights I received there, which have significantly improved the quality of my thought and argument.
Beard, M. (2014), "Enriching Rights: Virtue and Sacrifice in Just War Theory", Achieving Ethical Excellence (Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations, Vol. 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 59-74. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1529-209620140000012000Download as .RIS
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