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The Philosophy of War and Exile

From the Humanity of War to the Inhumanity of Peace


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy book series (PASEPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Introduction

    1. Nolen Gertz
      Pages 1-12
  3. Becoming Responsible

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Nolen Gertz
      Pages 37-63
  4. Being in Exile, Being as Exile

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Nolen Gertz
      Pages 118-149
    3. Nolen Gertz
      Pages 150-155
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 156-203

About this book


Arguing that the suffering of combatants is better understood through philosophy than psychology, as not trauma, but exile, this book investigates the experiences of torturers, UAV operators, cyberwarriors, and veterans to reveal not only the exile at the core of becoming a combatant, but the evasion from exile at the core of being a noncombatant.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Pacific Lutheran UniversityUSA

About the authors

Nolen Gertz is an Instructor in Philosophy at Delta College, USA. He specializes in applied ethics, political philosophy, and existential phenomenology.

Bibliographic information


“I found Gertz’s book refreshing and eye-opening. His book offers promise for changing the interpretive paradigm of military ethics instruction and analysis, and for motivating caregivers to reassess their boilerplate civilian judgments of troubled soldiers.” (Matthew Hallgarth, Journal of Military Ethics, Vol. 15 (2), August, 2016)