chapter  3
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Careerism in the Military Services: An Analysis of Its Nature, Why It Is Wrong and What Might Be Done about It

The author intends the teaching ethics for those trying to teach ethics in the military setting. He explains the two background assumptions about the nature of philosophy in general and moral philosophy in particular. First, the author would like to assume that philosophy is in a way "parasitic" on other disciplines. Second, he would like to assume that moral philosophy, or as it is labeled in the academic context, ethics, is a philosophical reflection on our ubiquitous moral experience. While the philosopher purports to be a lover of wisdom, the moral philosopher certainly has no corner on the market of making mature and sophisticated moral judgments. The author claims that philosophers properly contribute to the philosophical portion of moral education, but that they have nothing direct to contribute to the motivational component or the honing of mature moral judgment. Bad ethics education might fail to account for this in one of several ways.