Obedience with Pauline Shanks Kaurin
Overview & Shownotes
There’s perhaps no better example of an obedient person than a soldier. And yet, soldiers often thoughtfully disobey direct orders, and in some cases, are legally obligated to disobey the rules. Pauline Shanks Kaurin, who is a philosopher and professor of military ethics at the U.S. Naval War College joins us to explore the ethics of obedience. She’s discussing her book On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community.
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Links to people and ideas mentioned in the show
- Pauline Shanks Kaurin, On Obedience: Contrasting Philosophies for the Military, Citizenry, and Community
- Mỹ Lai massacre
- Alasdair MacIntyre, After Virtue
- Martin Luther King, Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail“
- Thomas Aquinas on unjust laws
- USS Theodore Roosevelt and COVID-19
Thanks to Evelyn Brosius for our logo. Music featured in the show:
“Gin Boheme” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Calgary Sweeps” by Blue Dot Sessions
Wisehart, Christiane and Kaurin, Pauline Shanks, "Obedience with Pauline Shanks Kaurin" (2022). Examining Ethics Podcast. 66, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.