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LTC Kevin Cutright

Academy Professor

kevin.cutright@westpoint.edu

Biography


Academy Professor (academic promotion to Associate Professor), Department of English and Philosophy (2022)

Academy Professor, Department of English and Philosophy (2020-present)

Assistant Professor, Department of English and Philosophy (2018-2020)

Army Advisor, Planner, and Staff Officer (2010-2015)

Instructor, Department of English and Philosophy (2006-2009)

Field Artillery assignments (1997-2004)

Ongoing Research Projects


I’m interested in the interplay between theory and practice, the classroom and the field, and the character required for intelligent planning. I am drawn to topics within the ethics of force, moral psychology, moral injury, and particularly the nature of empathy and its role in the military profession. Within military ethics, I’ve been examining the risk of settling for moral testimony and the need for an explicit principle of right intention within jus in bello.

Publications & Presentations


Books

The Empathetic Soldier (monograph), part of Routledge’s War, Conflict, and Ethics series; published in February 2022 (ISBN 978-1-032-16341-3).

9/11 and the War on Terror: Ethical Considerations Twenty Years On (co-edited volume with Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Woodside), conference proceedings from the Ethics of War and Peace Conference of October 2021. Under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Refereed Articles and Chapters in Print

“The Moral Limits to Moral Testimony in Soldiering,” chapter in an anthology entitled Moral Injury and the Humanities: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, edited by Kathryn McClymond and Andrew Cohen, forthcoming as part of Routledge’s Studies in Ethical and Moral Theory. Anticipated publication of January 2023.

“Empathy and Jus in bello,” International Journal of Ethical Leadership Special Volumes, 3, 2021. Available online here.

“The Myths We Soldiers Tell Ourselves (and the Harm These Myths Do),” co-authored with LTC(R) Peter Fromm and LTC Douglas Pryer, Military Review, Vol. 93:5, September-October 2013. Available online (link is to a PDF file).

“War is a Moral Force: Designing a More Viable Strategy for the Information Age,” co-authored with LTC(R) Peter Fromm and LTC Douglas Pryer, Joint Force Quarterly, Issue 64, First Quarter 2012. Available online (link is to a PDF file).

Invited Talks

“Empathy: the Human’s Piece in Human-Machine Teaming,” presentation for an elective course at the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, July 2022.

“Justified War,” interview by Fresno State University Ethics Center, September 2021. Available online: Part 1 and Part 2.

“Relevance of Empathy for the Military Profession,” Unit Ministry Team training with Chaplains Corps personnel, West Point, New York, August 2021.

Recorded 45-minute interview about empathy’s relation to moral injury for AnnMarie Moolenaar’s (Class of 2021) independent research initiative and online course for cadets; February 2021.

Moderated a panel of four nationally renowned experts on moral injury for AnnMarie Moolenaar’s (Class of 2021) independent research initiative and online course for cadets; November 2020.

Conference Presentations

“Dividing Jus ad Bellum and Jus in bello: Moral Trusteeship,” part of a panel presentation on moral risks of future warfare at the 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Cincinnati, Ohio, February 2022.

Recorded presentation, “Empathy and Jus in bello,” for the online conference of the European Chapter of the International Society of Military Ethics, June 2021.

“The Principle of Right Intention in Military Ethics,” annual conference of Concerned Philosophers for Peace, January 2021.

“The Neglect of Right Intention,” 29th Annual Conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2020.

“Meaning and Moral Injury,” presentation at the Manchester Centre for Political Theory Workshop entitled “The Ethical Experience of War,” University of Manchester, United Kingdom, 2016.

“Empathy’s Role in Critical Thinking,” presentation at a conference entitled “Why the Humanities,” Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, 2015.