Philosophy Workshop: Ethics in the Field — A Combat Perspective
July 16 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm MDT
**NOTE: This workshop was originally scheduled for Sun. June 25th. Due to an unexpected surgery, our guest speaker needed to reschedule to its new date of Sun. July 16th.**
In this workshop led by philosopher and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel & General Inspector of the Montana National Guard Charles Phillips we’ll explore just war theory, rules of engagement, and ethical dilemmas faced in combat. This gathering will involve indoor & outdoor time w/ hands-on activities, discussion, and plenty of time for Q & A.
We’ll begin with an overview of just war theory accompanied by stories of deployment (including discussion about rules of engagement and escalation of force restrictions). Then we’ll look at three combat scenarios (experienced/faced by our guest speaker during his deployment in Iraq). In the process, we’ll explore what kinds of ethical considerations come into play and how, based on these, one might respond. We’ll finish our workshop by returning to just war theory and reflecting on its importance for our military (as well as the challenges involved with deliberating best courses of action).
Ethics in the Field: A Combat Perspective
w/ Philosopher and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel & Inspector General for the Montana National Guard Charles Phillips
When & Where
This workshop led by philosopher and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel & General Inspector of the Montana National Guard Charles Phillips and will take place in Reeder’s Alley (in the Conference Center & Caretaker’s Lawn) on Sunday, July 16th. No prior background in philosophy is required to participate.
Date:Sunday, July 16th Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm MT Where: Reeder’s Alley (Conference Center & Caretaker’s Lawn)
U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Phillips serves as the Inspector General for the Montana National Guard. He has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania (2014) and taught Philosophy at West Point from 2014 to 2017.
Early in Charles’ career, as a First Lieutenant, he served a 15 month Combat Deployment to Baghdad, Iraq from 2007-2008 as part of “The Surge” where he led 35 Soldiers on daily patrols in the Al-Rasheed district. He also served in a deployment to Afghanistan from 2011-2012.
His philosophical interests and areas of speciality center around Just War Theory and Ethical Decision Making.
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