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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On Pearl Harbor, Apologies, & Sweaters & Milk

The visit to Pearl Harbor was, arguably, incomplete. Nevertheless, proves again the extraordinary.

Santa’s Bookcase: A Providence Guide to Yuletide Reading

Believing few other gifts bring the “Merry” to Christmas like a good book, I asked some of our contributors, editors, and friends to recommend top reads.

World War II: 75 Years On

Two marks the 75th anniversary of the American entry into the Second World War & the beginning of a long-term Providence series reflecting on the war

On Thanksgiving, American Power, & Neighbor Love

American strength, martial and moral, helps secure those essential goods for which we are grateful

Donald Trump Will Be the Leader of the Free World
Donald Trump Will Be the Leader of the Free World

President-elect Trump will need help keeping America a great country, and more help keeping it good.

Hacksaw Ridge
Because Courage Comes in Different Kinds

A review of Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge

On Responsibility & Limits: A Christian Conversation About American Power

“A Christian Declaration on American Foreign Policy” aims to equip American Christians with principles rooted in our faith about our country’s moral responsibilities in the world at this unique time in history

Religious Liberty & Foreign Policy Implications

Human equality means we are to be concerned with more than just our own liberties

Fifteen Years Later: Remember to Shudder

Moral Clarity & September 11th

Caricatures of Unqualified

Thursday night’s “commander in chief” forum proved that both candidates are fantastically unfit to lead our nation