Friday, January 21, 2005

Intellectual sparring and quote

Over the pass few nights we have had wide ranging discussion on present operations and ended up on the moral aspects of war. Unfortunately not many soldiers have a deep background in the study of morals and ethics, other than what the military gives. (Here is a resource list from the military) Sadly, I think this is reflective of society in general. I brought up St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica or the Just War Theory.

(This is the Roman Catholic view. This is good back ground on Summa Theologica from the Pew Foundation and here is another theological view)

After we delved into this realm, the audience thinned out unfortunately, since we were going over a few people’s heads. Also it might not be as interesting as watching a DVD or playing a game on a X-box. What was interesting that we had the full spectrum of viewpoints, philosophies and cultures from around the world were represented. You could see peoples backgrounds and areas of academia in which they received their degrees. Engineers, technical and scientific people were itching for a blackboard and chalk to illustrate their theories with diagrams and the humanities were well represented with their rhetorical skills. It will be time to go over some logic material, it will come in handy. I bet we will go back to this area of intellectual sparring again soon.

Here is the BBC’s view. It is a bit light and made not to offend anybody. That is the modern PC way of thinking.

Quote of the day: Hope is not a battlefield operating system.


Blogger Sean said...

I just started reading "History of Western Philosophy" by Bertrand Russell. I'm only up to Empedocles. It'll be a few months before I can discuss Aquinas (and I went to a Jesuit high school!).

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Let me know how the book reads, I might buy it online and ship it. I hope the move going south is smooth for you.

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Blogger Mike said...

Darn, I would have liked to have been there. My religion teacher tried discussing Summa Theologica in class one day last semester, especially in relation to recent U.S. military actions, but the discussion didn't get anywhere since myself and one or two other students were the only ones who had any idea what he was talking about or who cared.

Anyway, I'm relatively well versed on Just War Theory, as I'm a Roman Catholic and going to be an Air Force officer.

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