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Promoting the Moral Sensitivity of Police and Military Personnel


Katsarov, Johannes; Christen, Markus (2018). Promoting the Moral Sensitivity of Police and Military Personnel. In: Olsen, Olav Kjellevold; Waaler, Gudmund. God når det gjelder? Bergen: Sjøkrigsskolen, 114-120.

Abstract

To make good decisions, people must be able to identify the ethical features of a situation, i.e., to notice when and how the welfare of others and ethical values are at stake. In the work of military and law enforcement officers, moral sensitivity is of special importance, due to an especially stressful working environment and the severe consequences that a blindness to moral features may have for diverse parties. As we argue, morally sensitive people overcome three blinders that may lead others to ignore moral aspects in their decision making: Cognitive overload, psychological biases, and moral disengagement. Based on these challenges, we suggest four general learning outcomes for the training of moral sensitivity: (1) an empathic concern for relevant groups, (2) an awareness for one’s vulnerability to biases and stress, (3) moral schemas for the evaluation of risky situations, and (4) a sensitivity to attitudes of moral disengagement. To achieve the relevant learning outcomes in the ethics training of military and police personnel, we offer indicative training examples and references.

Abstract

To make good decisions, people must be able to identify the ethical features of a situation, i.e., to notice when and how the welfare of others and ethical values are at stake. In the work of military and law enforcement officers, moral sensitivity is of special importance, due to an especially stressful working environment and the severe consequences that a blindness to moral features may have for diverse parties. As we argue, morally sensitive people overcome three blinders that may lead others to ignore moral aspects in their decision making: Cognitive overload, psychological biases, and moral disengagement. Based on these challenges, we suggest four general learning outcomes for the training of moral sensitivity: (1) an empathic concern for relevant groups, (2) an awareness for one’s vulnerability to biases and stress, (3) moral schemas for the evaluation of risky situations, and (4) a sensitivity to attitudes of moral disengagement. To achieve the relevant learning outcomes in the ethics training of military and police personnel, we offer indicative training examples and references.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
150 Psychology
170 Ethics
350 Public administration & military science
360 Social problems & social services
370 Education
Uncontrolled Keywords:Moral sensitivity, ethical sensitivity, awareness, education, training
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:11 Feb 2020 16:04
Last Modified:21 Apr 2022 16:31
Publisher:Sjøkrigsskolen
Series Name:NECESSE Royal Norwegian Naval Academy Monographic Series
Number:3(1)
ISSN:2464-353X
ISBN:978-82-93550-14-3
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:https://forsvaret.no/hogskolene/Forskning/Publikasjoner/Necesse/necesse-2018-1
Related URLs:https://fhs.brage.unit.no/fhs-xmlui/bitstream/handle/11250/2501710/Necesse%20vol%203%20nr%201.pdf
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant IDCR11I1_159279
  • : Project TitleMoral Sensitivity: Investigating Implications, Justifications, and Means of Improvements
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Description: Book including article chapter / open access
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)