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Moral Treatment of Returning Warriors

This work is the first book-length study devoted exclusively to a scholarly and systematic analysis of how soldiers returning from battle have been, or should be, treated morally. Long-scattered historical material is pulled together from a variety of sources to show why and how the early medieval custom of imposing penances on returning warriors first originated, and then, by the end of the Middle Ages, had lapsed into disuse.

195 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1993

Philosophy: Ethics

Religion: Philosophy of Religion, Theology, and Ethics


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"A wonderful book. The author’s erudition is staggering and the analysis is equally impressive."

Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
 
1. Medieval Imposition of Penances Upon Returning Warriors
2. The Medieval Rationale
3. Demise of the Practice
4. Moral Pain of the Modern Soldier
5. The Therapeutic Approach
6. The Modern Rationale
7. Beyond Therapeutic
 
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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