Suggested Reading

This page is a bibliographic listing of books and articles on ethics recommended by the Defence Ethics Programme (DEP).

General Reading

General Reading in Ethics

Baier, Annette C. Moral Prejudices: Essays on Ethics, (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1994)

Blackburn, Pierre. L'éthique - fondements et problématique contemporaines. (ERPI Inc. 1996).

Canto-Sperber, Monique (éd.) Dictionnaire d'éthique et de philosophie morale. (Paris : Presse Universitaire de France, 1996).

Fishkin, James S. The Limits of Obligations. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982).

Hinman, Lawrence M. Ethics: A Pluralistic Approach to Moral Theory. 3rd edit. (Belmont: Wadsworth/Thomson, 2003).

Honderich, Ted. (ed.). The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995)

Kant, Immanuel. The Moral Law: Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals, translated and analyzed by H.J. Paton, (Routledge, London, 1948)

Kidder, R.M. How Good People Make Tough Choices: Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living. (New York: Firestone, 1995).

Métayer, Michel. La philosophie éthique : Enjeux et débats actuels. (ERPI Inc., 1997)

Gilligan, Carol, Janie V. Ward, and Jill M. Taylor, (eds.). Mapping the Moral Domain: A Contribution of Women's Thinking to Psychological Theory and Education. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1988).

MacIntyre, Alasdair. After Virtue: A Study in Moral Theory (Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame Press, 1984)

Michel, Albin. Dictionnaire de la Philosophie. 2e édition. (Paris: Encyclopaedia Universalis; 2006)

Singer, Peter. (ed). A Companion to Ethics. (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 1993)

Mill, John Stuart. Utilitarianism: Text with Critical Essays, edit Samuel Gorovitz (Indianapolis, IN, Bobbs Merrill, 1971) — On Liberty: Annotated Text, Sources and Background, edit. David Spitz (New York, Norton, 1975)

Noddings, Nel. Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education. 2nd edit. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003) — first edition 1984.

Pojman, Louis P. Ethics: Discovering Right and Wrong. 4th edit. (Belmont, Cal: Wadsworth Publishing Co., 2002).

Rachels, J. & Rachels, S. The Elements of Moral Philosophy. 5th edit. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2006)

Rawls, John. "Justice as Reciprocity" (1971) in John Rawls: Collected Papers, Samuel Freeman, edit., (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1999, pp. 190-224) — A Theory of Justice (London: Oxford University Press, 1971)

Rest, J. & Narvaez, D. (eds.). Moral Development in the Professions. (New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Ass. Pub., 1994).

Thompson, Dennis F. Political Ethics and Public Office. (Cambridge, MA.: Harvard University Press, 1987).

Walzer, Michael. Spheres of Justice: A Defence of Pluralism and Equality (New York, Basic Books, 1983)

Government Ethics

Government Ethics

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. (Available from Heritage Canada.)

Duty with Honour: The Profession of Arms in Canada (Kingston, ON: Canadian Forces Leadership Institute, 2003). Web:

Fundamentals of Canadian Defence Ethics. (Ottawa ON: Department of National Defence/ Chief of Review Services, 1999).

Kernaghan, Kenneth, The Ethics Era in Canadian Public Administration / L'ère de l'éthique dans l'administration publique canadienne, Canadian Centre for Management Development / Centre canadien de gestion, 1996/06.

Kernaghan K. & Langford, J. The Responsible Public Servant. (Toronto: The Institute of Public Administration of Canada and Halifax and The Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1990).

Leadership in the Canadian Forces: Conceptual Foundations (Kingston, ON: Canadian Forces Leadership Institute, 2005).

Lewis, Carol, The Ethics Challenge in Public Service. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 1991.

Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service. (Ottawa ON: Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, 2003). Web:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (Available from Heritage Canada.)

Military Ethics

Military Ethics

Christopher, Paul. The Ethics of War and Peace: An Introduction to Legal and Moral Issues. (Englewood Cliffs NJ, Prentice-Hall Inc., 1994)

Gabriel, Richard A. The Warrior's Way: A Treatise on Military Ethics. (Winnipeg, 17 Wing Winnipeg Publishing Office, 2007)

Hartle, Anthony E. Moral issues in military decision making. (Kansas, University Press of Kansas, 1989)

Reichberg, Gregory M, Henrik Syse, and Endre Begby, (eds.). The ethics of war: classic and contemporary readings. (Malden, MA, USA: Blackwell Publishing, 2006)

Robinson, Paul, Nigel de Lee, and Don Carrick, (eds.). Ethics Education in the Military. (Padstow, Cornwall, Great Britain: TJ International Ltd, 2008)

Walzer, Michael. Just and Unjust Wars: A Moral Argument with historical illustrations. 2nd edit (New York, Basic Books, 1992) (first edition, 1977)

Wenek, K.W.J., Officership and professional ethics, Departmental manuscript, Department of Military Psychology and Leadership, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, 1993.



Ethics in the Workplace, (also in French - L'éthique en milieu de travail) VHS, 19 min 30 sec, Produced by the Defence Ethics Programme, Chief Review Services, Ottawa. Art Direction by ADM (PA). Updated March 2000. Cat. no.: 21-0748A. This video provides a good introduction to some of the basic conceptual approaches to ethical decision making. It also addresses some issues of conflict of interest in a public service environment.

High Target (also in French - Viser haut), VHS, 57 min 58 sec, Produced by the Defence Ethics Programme, Chief Review Services, Ottawa. 1998. Cat. no: 21-0750A. This video addresses values and ethics and issues of conflict of interest in a Canadian Forces military environment

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