New Military Ethicist at CWRU

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Case Western Reserve University is honored to welcome Prof. Jessica Wolfendale to the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Philosophy and the School of Law, as well as to the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence as a Senior Research Associate.

Dr. Wolfendale's research focuses primarily on the ethics and moral psychology of political violence, including the ethics of torture, terrorism, and war. She is the author of Torture and the Military Profession, arguing that the prevalence of military torture is linked to military training methods that cultivate beliefs connected to crimes of obedience. She also co-authored War Crimes: Causes, Excuses, and Blame, with Matthew Talbert, where they unpack factors that can lead to war crimes as well as wrestle with the justness of responsibility and blame attributed to perpetrators. 

You can read more about Dr. Wolfendale's research here:

Dr. Wolfendale recently joined The Voices of War podcast to discuss the dichotomy of how to reconcile one’s perception of oneself with one’s actions, within the context of atrocities carried out in war.