Andy Owen is the author of All Soldiers Run Away: Alano’s War: the Story of a British Deserter (2017). He is a former soldier who writes on the ethics and philosophy of war. He lives in London.
War and peace
Reading John Gray in war
As a soldier, I was hard-wired to seek meaning and purpose. Gray’s philosophy helped me unhook from utopia and find peace
The need for an ending
When a person goes missing, in war or in ordinary life, their story is cut off mid-sentence. A death can be easier to bear
Ethics on the battlefield
The soldier in battle is confronted with agonising, even impossible, ethical decisions. Could studying philosophy help?