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MULTIDIMENSIONAL THINKING ABOUT FORCE ETHICS: A Matter of Method and Content

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ABSTRACT

Analyses of religious and cultural perspectives on the use of force continue to receive criticism for questionable motives, for insufficient holism, and for exaggerating uniqueness. Claims of recurrent problems educe consideration of interdisciplinary proposals designed to resolve related challenges. Thought together, some suggest that a transversal research program into ethical orientations toward war can facilitate fair and rigorous exploration of crosscultural similarities and differences. Tentative findings emphasizing textual precepts indicate some resonance amid diversity across eleven ethical frameworks including Western just war thinking. Maximizing relevance depends upon expanding the range of orientations and practices studied. Future results might be integrated with knowledge about the influence of other variables to more completely capture the phenomenon of making judgments regarding the use of force in all its manifestations.
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Keywords: comparative ethics; hermeneutics; just war; resonance; transversality

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Center for Empirical, Qualitative, Research, Inc.

Publication date: 2010-09-01

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