Honor War Theory: Romance or Reality?

Philosophical Papers 42 (3):285 - 313 (2013)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Abstract
Just War Theory (JWT) replaced an older "warrior code," an approach to war that remains poorly understood and dismissively treated in the philosophical literature. This paper builds on recent work on honor to address these deficiencies. By providing a clear, systematic exposition of "Honor War Theory" (HWT), we can make sense of paradigm instances of warrior psychology and behavior, and understand the warrior code as the martial expression of a broader honor-based ethos that conceives of obligation in terms of fair competition for prestige. Far from being a romantic and outmoded approach to war, HWT accounts for current conflicts and predicts moral intuitions that JWT either rejects or cannot comfortably accommodate. So although it is not recommended as a replacement for JWT, there is good reason think that a fully mature, realistic, and yet properly normative theory of war ethics will incorporate a variety of insights from HWT.
Keywords
PhilPapers/Archive ID
DEMHWT
Revision history
First archival date: 2012-09-23
Latest version: 5 (2018-02-13)
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Just and Unjust Wars.Walzer, Michael

View all 14 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Honor and Moral Revolution.Kumar, Victor & Campbell, Richmond

Add more citations

Added to PP index
2012-09-23

Total views
846 ( #3,820 of 50,117 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
53 ( #10,981 of 50,117 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.