During the Spring 2022 semester, students at Case Western Reserve University in PHIL 336/436: Military Ethics, the Military Profession, and International Law, had the opportunity to learn from Inamori Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Military Ethics, Prof. Pauline Shanks-Kaurin. The course focused on emerging and critical issues to Military Ethics including a focus on Ethics of Care, Moral Injury, and international perspectives in Just War Thinking. The course also focused on the Russo-Ukrainian War which erupted in hostilities after classes had begun.
Guest speakers* who joined the course:
- LTC Kevin Cutright, US Military Academy (West Point) Philosophy department, discussed his new book "Empathetic Soldier" and his experience in Iraq.
- Dr. Jeremy Davis, Post Doc University of Florida Philosophy department, discussed partiality and Military Humanitarian Intervention.
- Dr. Chris Akersen. New York University, Center for Global Affairs, discussed the warrior archetype and its implications for contemporary warfare.
- Dr. Jessica Wolfendale, Chair Marquette University Philosophy department discussed her work on moral injury and moral health.
- Col. Jeff Schneider, Military Professor, College of Leadership and Ethics, US Naval War College, discussed the Profession of Arms and his command experience in Iraq.
- Col. Tyrell Mayfield, USAF serves as the co-editor of Redefining the Modern Military: The Intersection of Ethics and Profession, which was one of the texts for the course. His visit gave students a chance to engage directly with the process of writing about Military Ethics.
*All military members appeared in their personal capacities and not as representatives of or speaking for their respective organizations; all views they expressed were their person views alone.