Military Ethical Decision Making – The Effects of Option Choice and Perspective Taking on Moral Decision-Making Processes and Intentions

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Authors
  1. Thompson, M.M.
  2. Hendriks, T.
  3. Blais, A-R.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Toronto Research Centre , Toronto ON (CAN)
Abstract
We investigated the ethical decision-making processes and intentions of 151 military personnel responding to 1 of 2 ethical scenarios drawn from the deployment experiences of military commanders. For each scenario, option choice and perspective affected decision-making processes. Differences were also found between the 2 scenarios. Results add to the emerging literature concerning operational ethical conflicts and highlight the complexity and challenge that often accompanies operational ethics.
Keywords
military ethical decision making;option choice;perspective taking
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2017-P123 — External Literature
Date of publication
01 Dec 2017
Number of Pages
23
Reprinted from
Ethics and Behavior, p. 1-19
DSTKIM No
CA045592
CANDIS No
806017
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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