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Coming Home


The Coming Home project offers military veterans the opportunity to explore the moral, psychological, and spiritual impacts of war on the warrior as she or he returns home. The project coordinates dialogues between veterans, using sources in philosophy, history, poetry, and literature to spur discussion. Trained facilitators lead each discussion, and source material ranges from antiquity to the present, with a focus on World War I and the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Coming Home is a partnership between the Institute and the U.S. Naval Academy's Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. 

Moral Injury: Toward an International Perspective


Jesse Kirkpatrick, PI (Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy and New America )

Edward Barrett, PI (United States Naval Academy)

Daniel Rothenberg, PI (Arizona State University and New America)

Andrew Peterson, Co-PI (Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy)

Sarah W .Denton (Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy)


National Endowment for the Humanities (2014-2015; 2016-2017; 2017-2018)


Kirkpatrick, J. Peterson, A. Barrett, E. “Understanding Moral Injury: Remotely Piloted Aircraft” Educational module developed for the DoD Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program. 2018. 


Kirkpatrick, J.“Military Drone Operators Risk a Serious Injury You Might Not Expect,” Slate Magazine. January 2016.


Barrett, E. “A Philosophical Perspective: The Nature and Implications of Moral Injury.” Euro-International Society for Military Ethics, Toledo, Spain, May 14, 2018. 


Kirkpatrick J, Barrett E, Peterson A. Coming Home: Dialogues on the moral, psychological, and spiritual impacts of war. (Poster presentation). International Neuroethics Society. Washington DC, USA. November, 2017.

Kirkpatrick, J. “Notes from the Field, Moral Injury,” National Endowment for the Humanities, June 2, 2017 


Kirkpatrick, J. ​“Moral Injury, Jus ad Bellum, and Revisionist Just War Theory,” International Society for Military Ethics Annual Conference, January 26, 2017


Kirkpatrick, J. “Pedagogies for ethical drone operations,” PAX Netherlands, Ethics of Lethal Drones Workshop, January 20, 2017.

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