I'm reading a novel called The Sound of One Hand Clapping, by Richard Flanagan. I thought I had read something by him before and liked it, which is why my parents gave me this book for my birthday. In fact, they gave me this book and two more, all by Richard Flanagan. So you can imagine my dismay, … Continue reading The Inevitable
I've been talking in my previous posts, and in my academic writing, about (potential) differences between peace and war and the moral judgments we (therefore) make in those two contexts. But what do I mean when I say "in war", or "the war context"? The dictionary definition of war is pretty straightforward. Mirriam-Webster writes that … Continue reading I Should Probably Define ‘War’
Here's the second thing (here's the first thing) I thought about on my way to Boston: "Research is me-search." Interpretations of this phrase probably vary, but I've usually thought that in my case, it wouldn't really apply: I have such limited personal connections to war. But then again, sometimes I "me-search" in the sense that … Continue reading Mesearch
Since I started this "series" of blog posts, a more-or-less regular process of post-writing has emerged: I jot down some ideas, or very loosely connected, scattered, thoughts, often on my phone while walking home. These ideas take the shape of a still-very-rough draft of a post, for example during a half-hour while waiting for dinner … Continue reading Process. Notes.
Almost exactly a year ago, I was on my way to Boston to visit my friend Rachel. Now , I am on my way to Boston again, visiting Rachel again but also attending a workshop on structural equation modeling. Last year when I visited Rachel, we talked a lot about research. She was a year … Continue reading Review
One of my early motivations for studying the morality of war in contrast to the morality of peace (or, "everyday morality") was that war has been around for a long time , and has long been tied to intragroup cooperation . So, to the extent that we have reliable intuitions about harm in general, I … Continue reading Changing Times, Changing Minds
“But that would be the easy part!” We were on holidays in California, and Ivan’s friend was talking about the different paths he might take to arrive as An Author, having written A Book. “I could drop everything, drink up all my money, and live like a tramp for a year - but that would … Continue reading Easy.
Eventually, these posts will get around to summarizing my own research, in which I've compared moral judgments made in war to those made in peace. But for now, let's think about other, less academic and perhaps more thought-provoking, evidence about the distinction between war and peace. Exhibit A: This protester seems to be trying to … Continue reading War Is/Not Peace
Today is the International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day. What better day to... blog about war? I'm going to stick to my Monday schedule, but I wanted to take this opportunity to share three things: This Spotify playlist, created especially for #PeaceDay. It's a pretty bizarre and eclectic mix, but I'm enjoying … Continue reading Peace One Day
In Korea, a company of Marines was way outnumbered and was retreating before the enemy. The company had crossed a bridge over a river, but the enemy were mostly still on the other side. If someone went back to the bridge and blew it up, with the head start the rest of the men in … Continue reading War, Scenarios