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Colonel James L. Cook

Permanent Professor/Department Head

Department of Philosophy

Colonel James L. Cook
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Colonel James L. Cook is Permanent Professor and Head, Department of Philosophy, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado. A Cyber and Foreign Area Officer, he has served in Europe, Afghanistan, and at the Pentagon. He earned his PhD in philosophy from the Universität-Heidelberg, Germany. He is co-editor of the Journal of Military Ethics and publishes on philosophical topics including the ethics of war.

Recent publications include:

“Plato: Virtue and War” pp. 8 – 23 in Patterson, Eric and Timothy J. Demy, eds., Philosophers and War. Stone Tower Books, 2017.

“Is There Anything Morally Special about Cyber War?” pp. 16 – 36 in Jens David Ohlin, Claire Finkelstein, and Kevin Govern, eds., Cyber War: Law and Ethics for Virtual Conflicts. Oxford University Press, 2015.

“Just War under Cyber Gaia” pp. 421 – 431 in George Lucas, Jr., ed., Routledge Handbook of Military Ethics, Routledge, 2015.

“The Ethics of Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” pp. 213 – 225 in James Turner Johnson and Eric Patterson, eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to Military Ethics, Ashgate Press, 2015.

“’Cyberation’ and Just-War Doctrine,” pp. 411 – 423 in the Journal of Military Ethics, Dec. 2010. Anthologized in Allenby, Braden R., The Applied Ethics of Military and Security Technologies (The Library of Essays on the Ethics of Emerging Technologies Series), Ashgate, May 2015.

“Enders Beginning and the Just War,” pp. 151 – 162 in Decker, Kevin S., ed., Ender’s Game and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell 2013.