The Moral Warrior

Ethics and Service in the U.S. Military

By Martin L. Cook

Subjects: Political Science, Philosophy, International Relations, Ethics
Series: SUNY series, Ethics and the Military Profession
Paperback : 9780791462423, 187 pages, June 2004
Hardcover : 9780791462416, 187 pages, June 2004

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Table of contents




Part One. Moral Facets of Military Service

1. The Moral Framework of War

2. Why Serve the State? Moral Foundations of Military Officership

3. The Normative Dimensions of Military Professionalism

4. The Moral Role of Professional Military Advice

Part Two. Moral Soldiers and Moral Causes: Serving the Needs of Justice in the New World Order

5. Just Peacemaking: The Challenges of Humanitarian Intervention

6. Resisting Global Terrorism

7. Noncombatant Immunity and the Force Protection Imperative

8. Strategic Theory, Military Practice, and the Laws of War: The Case of Strategic Bombing

9. Transcending Westphalia



Explores the moral dimensions of the current global role of the U.S. military.


For the first time in history, the capabilities of the U.S. military far outstrip those of any potential rival, either singly or collectively, and this reality raises fundamental questions about its role, nature, and conduct. The Moral Warrior explores a wide range of ethical issues regarding the nature and purpose of voluntary military service, the moral meaning of the unique military power of the United States in the contemporary world, and the moral challenges posed by the "war" on terrorism.

Martin L. Cook is Admiral James Bond Stockdale Chair of Professional Military Ethics at the United States Naval War College.