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Unformatted text preview: Philosophy 1318: Contemporary Moral Problems Writing Assignment One thing novels can do to stimulate philosophical thought is to provide insight into what it is like to live through the sorts of situations that are typically discussed in class and in essays in a detached and abstract way. That was one point behind assigning OBriens Going After Cacciato . Another was to complement our focus on moral standards, on criteria determining the permissibility or not of exercising lethal violence, with a focus on the individual character of those engaged in military hostilities, on how soldiers manage (or not) to bear up under, maintain their integrity in the face of, the stressful and frightening situations imposed upon them. Cacciato enables us to look at warfare from the perspective of the enlisted man (or woman, today), rather than from that of the commanders or decision-makers (to whom the...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHIL 1318 taught by Professor None during the Fall '08 term at SMU.
- Fall '08