Marc LiVecche

Marc LiVecche is the McDonald Distinguished Scholar of Ethics, War, and Public Life at Providence. He is also a non-resident research fellow at the US Naval War College, in the College of Leadership and Ethics.

Marc completed doctoral studies, earning distinction, at the University of Chicago, where he worked under the supervision of the political theorist and public intellectual Jean Bethke Elshtain, until her death in August, 2013. His first book, The Good Kill: Just War & Moral Injury, was published in 2021 by Oxford University Press. Another project, Responsibility and Restraint: James Turner Johnson and the Just War Tradition, co-edited with Eric Patterson, was published by Stone Tower Press in the fall of 2020. Currently, he is finalizing Moral Horror: A Just War Defense of Hiroshima. Before all this academic stuff, Marc spent twelve years doing a variety of things in Central Europe—ranging from helping build sport and recreational leagues in post-communist communities, to working at a Christian study and research center, to leading seminars on history and ethics onsite at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp in Poland. This latter experience allowed him to continue his undergraduate study of the Shoah; a process which rendered him entirely ill-suited for pacifism.

Marc lives in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife and children–and a marmota monax whistlepigging under the shed. He can be followed, or stalked, on twitter @mlivecche. Additional publications can be found at his Amazon author page.

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Foreign Policy ProvCast, Ep. 81 | Vincible Ignorance, Invincible Ignorance, and Just Getting it Wrong About Hamas

Marc LiVecche and Keith Pavlischek kvetch on pacifists, idealists, terrorist-enablers, and others who get Hamas, October 7th, and just war tradition wrong.

Foreign Policy ProvCast, Ep. 76 | Just War Perspective on the Ukraine War

Marc LiVecche and Rebeccah Heinrichs discuss the war in Ukraine, the intersection of just war reasoning and the facts on the ground, future options against Putin, how best to assist President Zelensky and his brave compatriots, and the question of regaining escalatory dominance against the Russian regime.

Foreign Policy ProvCast, Ep. 72 | It’s a Wonderful Life 75 Years Later
Foreign Policy ProvCast, Ep. 72 | It’s a Wonderful Life 75 Years Later

In this special Dark Ops episode of the podcast, Mark Melton and Marc LiVecche discuss the 1946 movie It’s a Wonderful Life and the short story that inspired it, “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern. The film premiered in New York City 75 years ago on December 20, 1946.

Ep. 61 | America’s Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Providence executive editor Marc LiVecche spoke with contributing editor and Georgetown professor Paul Miller about President Joe Biden’s plans to withdraw all…

Ep. 58 | Lessons from “The Liberator” (Dark Ops)
Ep. 58 | Lessons from The Liberator (Dark Ops)

In this episode of the ProvCast, Mark Melton and Marc LiVecche discuss the Netflix series The Liberator, an animated series based on a book by Alex Kershaw that tells the story of Felix Sparks and the 157th Infantry Regiment in World War II.

Ep. 56 | From Kenosha to “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”

In this episode of the ProvCast, executive editor Marc LiVecche speaks with senior editor Keith Pavlischek about a variety of…

ProvCast Ep. 30: How Can Christian Ethics Save Lives?

Scholar and Ethicist Marc Livecche talks with Managing Editor Drew Griffin about Jean Bethke Elshtain, Moral Injury, and how Christian Ethics can save lives.

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