Sacrifice in War
Radio Q&A: 5 August 2012, Question 3
I answered a question on sacrifice in war for Philosophy in Action Radio on 5 August 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
Is it a sacrifice for a soldier to fight for his country? Most people regard fighting for one's country to be a glorious sacrifice. The soldier risks life and limb, but gets little in return. Assuming a proper government and a justified war for self-defense, is serving in the military a sacrifice? And if so, is that sacrifice noble?
My Answer, In Brief: Soldiers can and ought to be egoists, fighting for their own purposes and goals, not sacrificing themselves for some supposedly glorious cause greater than themselves.
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