Shannon French

Inamori Professor of Ethics

Tinkham Veale University Center-Suite 280

Shannon E. French came to Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in 2008, after teaching for 11 years at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, where she was a tenured member of the Ethics department and Associate Chair of the division of Leadership, Ethics, and Law. Now a full professor in philosophy at CWRU, she has a secondary appointment in the School of Law, is the Inamori Professor in Ethics, is the Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, and directs the first Master’s Degree (MA) program in military ethics in the United States. Her primary research field is military ethics; especially conduct of war issues, ethical leadership, command climate, warrior transitions, moral injury, and the future of warfare. Her other scholarly interests include corporate and organizational ethics, meta-ethics, moral psychology, neuroethics, and ethics and technology (including emerging tech). Her publications include The Code of the Warrior: Exploring Warrior Values, Past and Present, now in its second edition, edited volumes on military ethics, and many diverse book chapters and articles with recent titles ranging from “Artificial Intelligence in Military Decision-Making” to “Neuroethics, Dehumanization, and the Prevention of Moral Injury” to “Military Neuro-Interventions: Solving the Right Problems for Ethical Outcomes” to “Strategic Dissent in the Military.” She is currently working on a book on ethics and artificial intelligence. She is an LME (legal, moral, and ethical) consultant for the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA) and was a non-resident Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). In addition, she is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Ethical Leadership, an associate editor for the Journal of Military Ethics, and an editorial board member for the Journal of Character and Leadership Integration, as well as an active member of the European Chapter of the International Society for Military Ethics (Euro-ISME). Since 2017 she also serves as the General Hugh Shelton Distinguished Chair in Ethics for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Foundation.



French, Shannon E., The Code of the Warrior: Exploring the Values of Warrior Cultures, Past and Present, New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2003.

Book Chapters

French, Shannon E., and Jack, Anthony I., “Dehumanizing the Enemy: The Intersection of Neuroethics and Military Ethics,” David Whetham, editor, peer-reviewed chapter in Responsibilities to Protect: Perspectives in Theory and Practice, The Netherlands and Boston: Brill/Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, forthcoming.

French, Shannon E., “Why Warriors Need a Code,” in Ethics of War and Conflict, edited by Asa Kasher, New York: Routledge, 2014 (anthologized piece from The Code of the Warrior, 2003).

French, Shannon E., “An American Military Ethicist’s Perspective: Such Waste in Brief Mortality,” invited chapter in The Price of Peace: Just War in the 21st Century, Charles Reed and David Ryall, editors, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

French, Shannon E., “Death Stands Close Upon Us Now: Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire,” invited chapter in Leadership Explored: Lessons in Leadership from Great Works of Literature, Lt Col Joseph J. Thomas, Ph.D., editor, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Academy Institute Press, 2006.

French, Shannon E., “The Code of the Warrior,” in The Harmon Memorial Lectures in Military History, published for the United States Air Force Academy by the University Press of the Pacific, 2005.

French, Shannon E., “Murderers, Not Warriors: The Moral Distinction between Terrorists and Legitimate Fighters in Asymmetric Conflicts,” invited chapter in Terrorism and International Policy, James Sterba, editor, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.


French, Shannon E., “Moral Wounds: A Response to Jeff McMahan’s The Moral
Responsibility of Volunteer Soldiers,” The Boston Review, November 6, 2013.

French, Shannon E., “No Separate Sphere: Assessing Character and Morality in the Context of War,” Philosophy in the Contemporary World, David Chan, editor, special issue on War, Character, and Virtue, Volume 19, issue 2, 2012 (pages 50-60).

French, Shannon E., “Sergeant Davis’s Stern Charge: The Obligation of Officers to Preserve the Humanity of Their Troops,” Journal of Military Ethics, David Whetham, guest editor, Volume 8, issue 2, 2009 (pages 116-126).

French, Shannon E., and Bellamy, Alexander, “Ethical Responses to Terrorism: Establishing a Framework,” Proceedings of the 7th Annual Canadian Conference on Ethical Leadership, Daniel Legace-Roy, editor, 2007.

French, Shannon E., “Achilles vs. Hector: Combating Moral Damage with the Warrior’s Code,” Defender: The National Journal of the Australian Defense Association, Malcolm Kennedy, editor, vol. XXI, no. 2, Winter 2004.

French, Shannon E., “The Code of the Warrior: Minimizing the Moral Damage of War,” Proceedings of the Rowell Symposium, Russell Parkin, editor, 2004.

French, Shannon E., “Roman Stoicism,” in The Moral Foundations of Leadership, George R. Lucas and William R. Rubel, editors, New York: Pearson-Longmans, 2004.

French, Shannon E., “The Code of the Warrior: Why Warriors Need a Code,” PACEM, Are Eidhamar, editor, vol. 6, issue 1, January 2003.

French, Shannon E., “With Your Shield Or On It: Challenging the Pacifist Mother
Archetype,” Public Affairs Quarterly, John Kekes, editor, vol. 15, January 2001.

French, Shannon E., “Military Ethics,” introduction to Mosert, Justin, French, Shannon E., Pierce, Albert, and Donovan, Aine, Ethics for the Junior Officer, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, Fourth Edition, 2000, and subsequent editions.

Book Discussions

French, Shannon E., “Book Discussion: Timothy L. Challans’ Awakening Warrior:
Revolution in the Ethics of Warfare,” Journal of Military Ethics, Bard Maeland and James Turner Johnson, editors, vol. 6, issue 4, 2007.

French, Shannon E., “Book Discussion: Steven Pressfield’s The Afghan Campaign,” Journal of Military Ethics, Bard Maeland and James Turner Johnson, editors, vol. 5, issue 4, 2006.

French, Shannon E., “Book Discussion: Martin L. Cook’s The Moral Warrior,” Journal of Military Ethics, Bard Maeland and James Turner Johnson, editors, vol. 4, issue 1, 2005.

French, Shannon E., “Book Discussion: Steven Pressfield’s Gates of Fire,” Journal of Military Ethics, Bard Maeland and James Turner Johnson, editors, vol. 3, issue 2, 2004.

French, Shannon E., “Book Discussion: Snider and Wakins’s, The Future of the Army Profession,” Journal of Military Ethics, Bard Maeland and James Turner Johnson, editors, vol. 2, issue 4, 2003.

French, Shannon E., “Book Discussion: Michael Ignatieff’s A Warrior’s Honor and Virtual War,” Journal of Military Ethics, Bard Maeland and James Turner Johnson, editors, vol. 2, issue 1, 2003.

French, Shannon E., “Book Discussion: Mark J. Osiel, Obeying Orders: Atrocity, Military Discipline and the Law of War,” Journal of Military Ethics, Bard Maeland and James Turner Johnson, editors, vol. 1, issue 2, 2002.