By David L. Perry

Partially Cloudy: Ethics in struggle, Espionage, Covert activities, and Interrogation explores a couple of wrenching moral matters and demanding situations confronted by means of our army and intelligence group of workers. David L. Perry offers a strong and functional method of examining moral concerns in conflict and intelligence operations and applies cautious reasoning to problems with very important value this present day, similar to the query of torture in interrogating detainees, making use of espionage to penetrate adverse regimes and terrorist cells, mounting covert motion to undermine their energy, utilizing discrimination and proportionality in army operations, heading off atrocities in strive against and counterinsurgency, and cultivating ethical knowledge.

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Are there such absolutes? ” In theory, every person might be able to hear the voice of God directly, in which case presumably everyone would hear the same general moral commands, or at least ones that were logically consistent. But religious believers often disagree amongst themselves, not only between religions but within the same religious tradition, on how one comes to know 15 CHAPTER 1 those commands and what they specifically require. And of course individuals can be mistaken about what God might be saying to them directly: Today we know that some of those errors can be due to wishful thinking, perceptual biases, schizophrenia, mind-altering drugs, and so forth.

Sound ethical reasoning sometimes entails hard intellectual work to research relevant facts and probabilities, to identify which prima facie duties are at stake and to determine whether an ethical argument satisfies the canons of logic. And converting ethical reasoning to action may require courage to oppose powerful countervailing social, organizational, economic, or political pressures. 21 CHAPTER 1 In some situations, when sufficient time is available before a decision must be made, people of integrity will need to draw upon all of those traits and skills.

20 AN INTRODUCTION TO ETHICAL REASONING Mindful of those factors, then, could it be ethical to speed when you’re running late? Well, there’s a deontological obligation to respect laws created by legitimate governments, so speeding would violate that prima facie duty. And the aretaic concept of integrity doesn’t condone our making an arbitrary exception for ourselves just for our convenience. So in most cases, our relevant prima facie ethical obligations will tend overall to forbid speeding. However, that general prohibition might well be overridden in some cases, for example, if you needed to transport a pregnant woman in labor or a seriously injured accident victim to the hospital.

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