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📒On Killing ✍ Dave Grossman
📝On Killing Book Synopsis : A controversial psychological examination of how soldiers’ willingness to kill has been encouraged and exploited to the detriment of contemporary civilian society. Psychologist and US Army Ranger Dave Grossman writes that the vast majority of soldiers are loath to pull the trigger in battle. Unfortunately, modern armies, using Pavlovian and operant conditioning, have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. The mental cost for members of the military, as witnessed by the increase in post-traumatic stress, is devastating. The sociological cost for the rest of us is even worse: Contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army’s conditioning techniques and, Grossman argues, is responsible for the rising rate of murder and violence, especially among the young. Drawing from interviews, personal accounts, and academic studies, On Killing is an important look at the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects the soldier, and of the societal implications of escalating violence.
📒The Early Church On Killing ✍ Ronald J. Sider
📝The Early Church on Killing Book Synopsis : What did the early church believe about killing? What was its view on abortion? How did it approach capital punishment and war? Noted theologian and bestselling author Ron Sider lets the testimony of the early church speak in the first of a three-volume series on biblical peacemaking. This book provides in English translation all extant data directly relevant to the witness of the early church until Constantine on killing. Primarily, it draws data from early church writings, but other evidence, such as archaeological finds and Roman writings, is included. Sider taps into current evangelical interest in how the early church informs contemporary life while presenting a thorough, comprehensive treatment on topics of perennial concern. The book includes brief introductions to every Christian writer cited and explanatory notes on many specific texts.
📒On Killing ✍ Robert F. Jones
📝On Killing Book Synopsis : A controversial collection on the ethics of taking animal life.
📒On Killing And Innocence ✍ Tyler Patrick Wood
📝On Killing and Innocence Book Synopsis : Henry Fellows is number one on the FBI Most Wanted. Why? They say he killed his wealthy and well-respected parents in one of the most gruesome tales of crime in recent history. After being sentenced to death, he escaped and has been on the run for the last fifteen months. He's been alone and had his face surgically altered, keeping his head down, moving from one place to another in a life resembling a paranoid nightmare. It seems like things can't get worse, but when he finds out that he's being watched, he's even robbed of the ability to turn himself in. The fact is, Henry's innocent. The people that killed his parents are out there following him and he has no idea why. Before he can finally give up and give in, he needs answers. Henry recruits several former colleagues to aid in this task, people from his past in military intelligence. Fellows is gifted, clever, damaged, and edging his way toward full-blown insanity. When the rest of his family is kidnapped, it's a sprint to find the people responsible and bring them down. He'll face twists and double-crosses never before imagined; most importantly, he'll be forced to go back to his old, violent ways. It's a tale of one man's attempt to do the right thing in all the wrong ways.
📒On Killing With Kindness ✍ Steven Steyl
📝On Killing with Kindness Book Synopsis : This thesis develops and evaluates a novel account of pacifism rooted in Aristotelian virtue ethics. Chapter 1 consists of introductory material, introducing key distinctions and assumptions for the argument that follows. Chapter 2 begins by identifying a contingent moral commitment against killing as its subject, and then goes on to explicate the primary objection faced by pacifists: what I call the ‘impracticality objection.’ In doing so, it distills two conditions of adequacy for a virtue ethical account of pacifism, which guide the discussion to come. Chapter 3 lays out some fundamental aspects of Aristotelian virtue ethics, defining virtues, explaining their relation to right action, and giving a detailed analysis of practical wisdom, which is the first of two virtues this thesis concentrates on. Chapter 4 commences by looking at compassion, the second focal virtue, as an emotion, and examining Aristotle and Nussbaum’s necessary conditions for the emotion. It then superimposes these necessary conditions onto compassion as a virtue, and applies the virtue to the issue of drone warfare to see if compassion can deliver a robust argument for pacifism at the normative level. Next, in Chapter 5, it turns to recent work on drone warfare and the decapitation of terrorist groups to test the common assertion that drone warfare begets more violence than it prevents, and considers the role of counterfactuals in analyses of decapitation in order to evaluate their usefulness for the virtue ethical pacifist. Finally, in Chapter 6 it considers whether the emotion of regret may support may support a virtue ethical case for pacifism. In mounting this last argument, it argues that regret plays a crucial role in diminishing the moral permissibility of killing by spurring reflection and understanding of the causal mechanisms underlying terrorism.
📒Jesus Christ On Killing ✍ Sgt Charlie Eipper
📝Jesus Christ on Killing Book Synopsis : Author Charlie Eipper pens a unique read discussing Christian self-defense. As a police officer with many years in law enforcement, Eipper includes an autobiography and speaks on engaging topics from a place of experience. Eipper reveals interesting backgrounds of Biblical leaders, inviting readers to gain insight on how the Bible unveils fascinating commentary on self-defense, Biblical heroism, violence and combat. Eipper's book is a great religious reference tool that also exposes readers to the social issues surrounding combat in a Biblical and non-Biblical context, while showcasing a contagious passion for the Word of God.
📒Assassination Generation ✍ Dave Grossman
📝Assassination Generation Book Synopsis : The author of the 400,000-copy bestseller On Killing reveals how violent video games have ushered in a new era of mass homicide--and what we must do about it. Paducah, Kentucky, 1997: a 14-year-old boy shoots eight students in a prayer circle at his school. Littleton, Colorado, 1999: two high school seniors kill a teacher, twelve other students, and then themselves. Utoya, Norway, 2011: a political extremist shoots and kills sixty-nine participants in a youth summer camp. Newtown, Connecticut, 2012: a troubled 20-year-old man kills 20 children and six adults at the elementary school he once attended. What links these and other horrific acts of mass murder? A young person's obsession with video games that teach to kill. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, who in his perennial bestseller On Killingrevealed that most of us are not "natural born killers" - and who has spent decades training soldiers, police, and others who keep us secure to overcome the intrinsic human resistance to harming others and to use firearms responsibly when necessary - turns a laser focus on the threat posed to our society by violent video games. Drawing on crime statistics, cutting-edge social research, and scientific studies of the teenage brain, Col. Grossman shows how video games that depict antisocial, misanthropic, casually savage behavior can warp the mind - with potentially deadly results. His book will become the focus of a new national conversation about video games and the epidemic of mass murders that they have unleashed.
📒Grasshopper Dreaming ✍ Jeffrey Alan Lockwood
📝Grasshopper Dreaming Book Synopsis : Grasshopper Dreaming is a collection of first-person musings about the ethical and philosophical implications of the author's work as an entomologist who specializes in grasshoppers and pest control. The essays represent the rare and compelling integration of an understanding of nature with the perspective of a world-class ecologist and struggling mystic.
📒Open Minded ✍ Jonathan Lear
📝Open Minded Book Synopsis : Explores the relationship between philosophers' and psychoanalysts' attempts to discover how man thinks and perceives himself
📒Rethinking Serial Murder Spree Killing And Atrocities ✍ Robert Shanafelt
📝Rethinking Serial Murder Spree Killing and Atrocities Book Synopsis : Multiple killings by serial or spree killers and the mass violence seen in war crimes and other atrocities have typically been understood as discrete category types, which can foster the view that there are fundamentally different kinds of human beings, including "deviants" who are born evil and innately given to sadism or a callous lack of empathy. In contrast, this book considers the violence of these "deviants" in terms of larger questions about human violence. Therefore, in addition to describing the life histories of a sample of individual serial and spree murderers, the book includes analysis of macro-level phenomena such as genocide, mass rape and killing, and torture occurring under conditions of war, state authorization, or political upheaval. The chief claim of the book is that, given the "right" combination of factors occurring at different levels of analysis, virtually anyone can emerge as a killer or perpetrator of atrocities. While it is crucial to understand individual killers in terms of the details of their biographies, it is equally crucial to understand political atrocities in terms of the details of their histories; and to see that persons and groups are always the product of complexly interacting assemblage processes.