Joe Chapa on Moral Philosophy and Just War Theory in Military Trauma | PoP 395

Joe Chapa on Moral Philosophy and Just War Theory

Is war morally acceptable? How can we better prepare military people for war psychologically? How can therapists be of more value to their veteran clients?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok dives deep into conversation with Joe Chapa about the complicated and debatable topic of war, military trauma, the moral question marks that surround it, as well as unpacking the ‘Just War’ theory.

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Meet Joe Chapa

Joe Chapa on Moral Philosophy and Just War Theory in Military Trauma PoP 395

Joe Chapa has been a major in the US airforce for over 13 years and is currently studying a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Oxford. He’s a senior pilot with more than 1400 pilot and instructor pilot hours with experience in both major humanitarian and combat operations.

With a keep interest in philosophy since his high school days, once completed, Joe will use his practical studies to teach at the airforce academy.

Follow Joe on Twitter and find his paper at The Strategy Bridge.

In This Podcast

Summary

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks to Joe Chapa about the complicated and debatable topic of war, the moral question marks that surround it, as well as unpacking the ‘Just War’ theory.

 

What is moral philosophy and ‘Just War’ theory?

Moral philosophy is a sub-set of philosophy which is often called ethics. Within that sub-set there are multiple questions around how military people should behave.

‘Just War’ theory is multi-disciplinary with a lot of philosophy and history involved, as well as a heavy religious component. What the theory has always been about is how to regulate and provide a moral set of constraints in war.

How can your work apply to therapists and counselors?

It’s all about informing people who work with veterans. We need to break down the constructs formed around military people, and first and foremost, see them as the human they are.

With that being said, there are certain stressors that come with being in the military which other people won’t have. One thing to consider is that we give very young people a lot of responsibly very early. And that’s the only way we’re able to do what we do. But that means sometimes when people leave the military, it’s often a shock to the system. The transition can come with its own set of problems. And people react differently.

Military people want to be able to tell their story but it has to be under reasonable conditions. And there is also certain language we can use to change the way we talk about the ‘Just War’ theory.

The language of ‘Just War’ theory can prepare people for the moral nuances of war.

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