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Strategic Thinking and Its Moral Implications

Strategic Thinking and Its Moral Implications
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For a number of years there has been a heated debate between, for want of better terms, the strategists and the anti-strategists. The anti-strategists argued that strategic analysis inevitably produced evil results and corrupted the nature of the political process. The strategists argued that rational decisions could not be made in its absence. The articles in this book attempt to deal with this serious issue.

Morton A. Kaplan’s opening chapter distinguishes the different forms of strategic analysis, indicates their uses and limitations, and emphasizes the character of the claims made for them. In this respect, it is designed as a focal point for Philip Green’s attack. Paul Wolfowitz’s chapter constitutes a response by one strategist to Green’s challenge. The well-known theologian, Paul Ramsey, who has written extensively on just war doctrine, examines the issue from the standpoint of a moral philosopher.

These essays add a new dimension to our understanding of strategic reasoning about important political questions.

Table of Contents

Strategy and Morality
Morton A. Kaplan
Strategy, Politics, and Social Scientists
Philip Green
The Pot and the Kettle, or Rationality Within Reason: Mr. Green's Deadly Logic
Paul D. Wolfowitz
A Political Ethics Context for Strategic Thinking
Paul Ramsey
The Education of a Moral Primitive
Morton A. Kaplan
Biographical Data

MORTON A. KAPLAN is Director of the Faculty Arms Control and Foreign Policy Seminar, Chairman of the Committee on International Relations, and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of many articles and books.

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