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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War As Human Experience

Top Gun: Maverick reminds us that war continues to require physically and morally courageous human beings to fight them. Killer machines are not yet here.

The Vocation of Arms

The vocation of arms is a means through which the just warrior can manifest love even in the ugliest of places. Today we remember what this sometimes costs.

Temple Mount
Until Justice and Wisdom Embrace

Jerusalem is at the heart of tensions in Israel. The Temple Mount is at the heart of tensions in Jersusalem. Therein lies an opportunity.

Marksism: Memorial Day, Czech Anti-Hatred, Russian Orthodoxy & Just War

Providence editors Mark Tooley and Marc LiVecche discuss Abigail Lindner and Eric Patterson’s article on G.K. Chesterton and war memorials, Lubomir Ondrasek’s piece on Czech leader Vaclav Havel’s warning against hatred, and Lee Trepanier’s counsel for how Russian Orthodoxy, lacking the Just War tradition, can oppose injustice with church teaching on personhood.

A Just War Response to a Pacifism and the Russia-Ukraine War
Just War Response to Pacifism’s Say on Russia-Ukraine War

I appreciate Michael McKoy’s recent “What Does Pacifism Have to Say About Ukraine?” But I remain unimpressed by the pacifist view.

Colin Powell
Powell and Decisive Good

General Colin Powell believed in the necessity of American strength and in the good of being able to win decisive victories against our enemies.

forgiveness justice
Love’s Casuistry: A Case for Forgiveness

Justice and forgiveness, rightly understood, are not opposites. They are mutually reinforcing goods. We divorce them at our own peril–and our enemy’s.

Lady justice retribution punishment
Love’s Casuistry: A Case for Retribution

Retribution is the form love sometimes takes when nothing else will requite injustice.

rage, enmity, 9-11
An Enmity Wholesome and Wise

Commentary surrounding the 20th anniversary of 9-11 coalesced into broad themes of sorrow and rage. Both emotions were appropriate to the day.

A CH-47 Chinook helicopter crew chief keeps watch during a flight over Kabul, Afghanistan,
Tragedy and the Moral Life

Afghanistan’s fall is a shameful and unnecessary tragedy . We owe it to our warfighters and those who fought with them to do whatever good can still be done.