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The Untold War

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Philosopher, ethicist, and psychoanalyst Nancy Sherman looks at the psychological and moral burdens borne by soldiers serving in war. In The Untold War: Inside the Hearts, Minds and Souls of Our Soldiers, she looks closely at servicemen and women preparing for, experiencing, and returning home from war, probing the psyche of soldiers from the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and from Vietnam and World Wars I and II.

Event:Nancy Sherman will be speaking and signing books
Thursday, April 1, at 6:30 pm
NYU Center for Global Affairs
15 Barclay Street, between Broadway and Church, 4th Floor

Guests:

Nancy Sherman

Comments [10]

Amy from Manhattan

Oops, I meant to include the link to the "Speaking of Faith" episode, in case anyone's interested: http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/2010/revenge-forgiveness/.

Apr. 01 2010 01:50 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Ms. Sherman's earlier remarks on feelings of revenge reminded me of last weekend's episode of "Speaking of Faith," in which "Michael McCullough describes science that helps us comprehend how revenge came to have a purpose in human life. At the same time, he stresses, science is also revealing that human beings are more instinctively equipped for forgiveness than we've perhaps given ourselves credit for. Knowing this suggests ways to calm the revenge instinct in ourselves and others and embolden the forgiveness intuition."

Apr. 01 2010 12:43 PM
a. g. from hudson county nj

we have heavy handed and manipulative police interogation day in day out in the u.s. its important to talk about torture anywhere. is this apples and oranges. maybe,but is not more useful to put it all under the light of public scrutiny,and let us all become engaged .

Apr. 01 2010 12:33 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Leading figures in the American Psychological Association most certainly DID take part in interrogations. For the interviewer to suggest otherwise flies in the face of well-established fact.

The sheer indifference to fact among US journalists, scholars, politicians is something to behold.

Americans have lost any and all claim to judging the acts of others, past or present.

Apr. 01 2010 12:31 PM
Amy from Manhattan

I was just thinking about the story of the Egyptian soldiers drowned after the Israelites crossed the Red Sea (maybe because it's Passover), & then Ms. Sherman mentioned it! But I didn't catch whether she went into the midrash in which the angels join in the exultation of the Israelites & God silences them, saying, "How can you rejoice when My children are dying?" The Israelites had reason to celebrate their escape, but the angels didn't have an "excuse." It definitely seems relevant to what she said about the humanity of the enemy.

Apr. 01 2010 12:28 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

Has it occurred to Ms. Sherman that her student has a vested interest in lying about what he was doing -- that he might in fact be a war criminal? Or does she -- like most at NPR or The Times or in Congress or the Obama administration -- share the view that Americans *cannot* commit war crimes?

And where is WNYC's challenging questioning?

Apr. 01 2010 12:27 PM
bill from manhattan

It would be more relevant to me if Ms. Sherman spoke about the moral assumptions behind many American leaders to make war. Specifically these wars of choice not wars of necessity.

Apr. 01 2010 12:26 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

If Nancy Sherman is going to pontificate (as opposed to philosophize) about "Just War", perhaps she should inform herself on the facts. She shows little if any awareness of the facts of Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan or any of the Glorious Wars of Our Age of the Greatest Generations.

Apr. 01 2010 12:23 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

So far Ms. Sherman has noted any concern on her part or on the part of those she interviewed regarding the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians (or Afghans or Vietnamese or on and on) killed, maimed, terrorized by US forces.

Maybe Ms. Sherman should crawl out of the ancient world's glorification of war and out of our modern age's treatment of war as entertainment.

A professor of ethics at Georgetown? What a sorry state moral philosophy must be in.

Apr. 01 2010 12:17 PM
George from Bay Ridge

How does a long deployment beyond one year affect a soldier's mental health?

What can we civilians do to help those troubled by war?

Apr. 01 2010 02:20 AM

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