Dr D Baker

Associate Head of School (Postgraduate Coursework)-Senior Lecturer of International & Political studies
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Room 211

  • ABOUT
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Dr Deane-Peter Baker was appointed to UNSW Canberra in August 2012. He came to Canberra from Annapolis, Maryland, USA, where he was an Assistant Professor of Ethics in the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the United States Naval Academy for two and a half years. Prior to that Dr Baker was Associate Professor of Ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, where he taught for eleven years. His PhD, in philosophy, was awarded by Macquarie University. Dr Baker served briefly in the British Army, and served the South African Army Reserve before resigning in 2009 with the rank of Major. He was Convenor of the South African Army Strategy Research Group and part of the leader group of the Umvoti Mounted Rifles, a reserve armored cavalry regiment. A specialist in both the ethics of armed conflict and military strategy, Dr Baker's research straddles philosophy, ethics and security studies. From 2006 to 2008 Dr Baker was Chairman of the Ethics Society of South Africa. He has held visiting fellowships at the Triangle Institute for Security Studies in North Carolina and the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College. From 2007 to 2010 Dr Baker was editor of the African Security Review. Dr Baker created the world’s first Massive Open Online Course on the topic of Military Ethics, hosted on the FutureLearn platform. In 2017 he was appointed to the International Panel for the Regulation of Autonomous Weapons.

Books

Baker D-P, 2016, Citizen Killings Liberalism, State Policy and Moral Risk, Bloomsbury Publishing

Baker D-P, 2015, Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press

Baker D-P, 2011, Just Warriors, Inc. The Ethics of Privatized Force, A&C Black

Baker D; Jordaan E, (eds.), 2010, South Africa and Contemporary Counterinsurgency, University of Cape Town Press, Cape Town South Africa, https://juta.co.za/products/south-africa-and-contemporary-counterinsurgency

Alexandra A; Baker DP; Caparini M, 2008, Private military and security companies: Ethics, policies and civil-military relations, 10.4324/9780203930830

Baker DP, 2007, Alvin Plantinga, 10.1017/CBO9780511611247

Baker D-P, 2007, Tayloring Reformed Epistemology Charles Taylor, Alvin Plantinga and the de Jure Challenge to Christian Belief, Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd

Book Chapters

Baker D, 2017, 'Special Forces and Ethics: A preliminary assessment of the Leadership Challenge', in Olsthoorn P (ed.), Military Ethics and Leadership, Brill, http://www.brill.com/products/book/military-ethics-and-leadership

Baker D, 2016, 'Is it Ethical for States to Prevent their Citizens from Working as TCN Military and Security Contractors?', in Berndtsson J; Kinsey C (ed.), The Ashgate Research Companion to Outsourcing Foreign Policy the Role of the Market in 21st Century Warfare, edn. 1st, Routledge, New York, pp. 191 - 198

Baker D, 2015, 'Moral Ambiguity and Ethical Dilemma, 1915 – 2015', in Moral Injury Unseen Wounds in an Age of Barbarism, NewSouth, Sydney, pp. 98 - 111

Baker D, 2015, 'Consequentialist Ethics', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press

Baker D, 2015, 'Ethical Triangulation', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press

Baker D, 2015, 'Civil-Military Relations', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press

Baker D, 2015, 'Conscription', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press

Baker D, 2015, 'The Military and the Media', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press

Baker D, 2015, 'The Triangular Balance', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press

Baker D, 2015, 'Rights', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press

Baker D, 2015, 'Illegal Orders and Whistleblowing', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press

Baker D, 2015, 'Ending Wars: Jus ex bello and jus post bellum', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press

Baker D, 2015, 'Collateral Damage and the Doctrine of Double Effect', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press

Baker D-P, 2015, 'Ethics or Politics? The Palmer Commission Report on the 2010 Gaza Flotilla Incident', in Lovell DW (ed.), INVESTIGATING OPERATIONAL INCIDENTS IN A MILITARY CONTEXT: LAW, JUSTICE, POLITICS, edn. International Humanitarian Law Series, BRILL, pp. 123 - 145

Baker D, 2013, 'The Ethics Question: Towards a Normative Framework for PCRD', in Neethling T; Hudson H (ed.), Post-conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa: Concepts, Role-Players, Policy and Practice, UCT Press, Cape Town, pp. 89 - 110, http://www.uctpress.co.za/

Baker D; Pattison J, 2013, 'Mercenaries and Private Military/Security Companies', in International Encyclopaedia of Ethics, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 3205 - 3212, 10.1002/9781444367072

Byrnes A; Hayashi M; Michaelsen C, 2013, 'Conclusion', in International Law in the New Age of Globalization, pp. 425 - 429, 10.1163/9789004228818_018

Baker D, 2013, 'The Ethics of Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa', in Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development: The South African Perspective, University of Cape Town Press

Baker DP, 2011, 'To whom does a private military commander owe allegiance?', in New Wars and New Soldiers: Military Ethics in the Contemporary World, pp. 181 - 198

Baker D, 2011, 'Tactical Ethics: An evaluation of the Israeli naval commando assault on the MV Mavi Marmara', in Drawing a Line in the Sea: Israel and the Gaza Blockade, Lexington Books

Baker D, 2011, 'To Whom does a Private Military Commander Owe a Moral Duty? Reflections on the Trustworthiness of Private Warriors', in New Wars and New Soldiers: Military Ethics in the Contemporary World

Baker D, 2011, 'To Whom does a Private Military Commander Owe a Moral Duty? Reflections on the Trustworthiness of Private Warriors', in New Wars and New Soldiers: Military Ethics in the Contemporary World, Ashgate

Baker D, 2011, 'Will Global Demand for Private Military Services in Major Conflicts Continue?', in Merchants of African Conflict: More than Just a Pound of Flesh, Institute for Security Studies

Baker D; O'Neill M, 2010, 'Introduction: Contemporary South Africa and Counterinsurgency', in South Africa and Contemporary Insurgencies: Roots, Challenges and Prospects, University of Cape Town Press

Baker D, 2010, 'Preparing for Hybrid Wars: Structuring, Equipping and Training the South African Army of the Future', in South Africa and Contemporary Insurgencies: Roots, Challenges and Prospects, University of Cape Town Press

Baker DP, 2008, 'Of 'mercenaries' and prostitutes: Can private warriors be ethical?', in Private Military and Security Companies: Ethics, Policies and Civil-Military Relations, pp. 30 - 42, 10.4324/9780203930830

Baker D, 2008, 'Introduction: The Ethics and Governance of Private Military and Security Companies', in Private Military Companies: Ethics, Policies and Civil-Military Relations, Routledge

Baker D, 2007, 'Defending the Common Life: National Defence after Rodin', in War, Torture and Terrorism, Blackwell

Baker D, 2007, 'Introduction: Alvin Plantinga, God’s Philosopher', in Alvin Plantinga, Cambridge University Press

Baker D, 2006, 'Introduction', in Key Concepts in Military Ethics, UNSW Press

Baker D, 2004, 'Charles Taylor', in Great Thinkers A-Z, Continuum Press

Baker D; Maxwell P, 2003, 'Introduction', in Explorations in Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion, Rodopi

Baker D, 2003, 'Imago Dei: towards a Transcendental Argument for the Existence of God', in Explorations in Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion, Rodopi

Baker D, 2002, 'Ethical Theories', in Handbook for the Code of Professional Ethics, South African Council for Educators

Milthorpe B; Cooley M, 2001, 'Introduction', in Cytometry, edn. 3, pp. 163, 10.1002/1097-0320(20010301)43:3<163::AID-CYTO1043>3.0.CO;2-U

Journal articles

Baker DP, 2016, 'Rebellion and African Ethics', Journal of Military Ethics, vol. 15, pp. 288 - 298, 10.1080/15027570.2017.1284462

Baker DP, 2015, 'Epistemic uncertainty and excusable wars', Philosophical Forum, vol. 46, pp. 55 - 69, 10.1111/phil.12055

Baker D, 2015, 'Force Protection’s Last Resort: Evaluating the Browning Hi-Power MkIII’s Adequacy for the Australian Army of Tomorrow', The Australian Army Journal, pp. 121 - 134, http://www.army.gov.au/~/media/Army/Our%20future/Publications/AAJ/Current%20Edition/AAJ2015_001_08_Force_protections_last_resort.pdf

Baker D-P, 2015, 'Abortion and Civil Disobedience', AMERICAN CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY, vol. 89, pp. 139 - 151, 10.5840/acpq2014122345

Baker D, 2014, '‘Enter the J.E.D.I.: Enhancing Ethical Performance in the Military through Embedded Excellence’', Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies, vol. 42, pp. 177 - 187, 10.5787/42-2-1099

Baker D, 2014, 'Gun Bans, Risk and Self-Defense', International Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 28, pp. 235 - 249, 10.5840/ijap2014111826

Baker DP, 2014, '‘Dreams of Battle’: A Small Window into the Evolution of us Army Tactical Ethics, 1921–2009', Journal of Military Ethics, vol. 13, pp. 302 - 319, 10.1080/15027570.2014.990702

Baker DP, 2012, 'Making good better: A proposal for teaching ethics at the service academies', Journal of Military Ethics, vol. 11, pp. 208 - 222, 10.1080/15027570.2012.738502

Baker DP; Pattison J, 2012, 'The principled case for employing private military and security companies in interventions for human rights purposes', Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 29, pp. 1 - 18, 10.1111/j.1468-5930.2011.00548.x

Baker D, 2012, 'The South African Navy and Maritime Security', Naval War College Review

Baker D-P; Roberts D, 2011, 'EXTENDING JUST WAR THEORY: THE JUS AD BELLUM AND THE CAPABILITIES APPROACH TO ARMED CONFLICT', Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, vol. 35, 10.5787/35-2-36

Baker D-P, 2011, 'THE FUTURE OF WARFIGHTING', Scientia Militaria - South African Journal of Military Studies, vol. 34, 10.5787/34-1-18

Baker DP, 2010, 'Securing South Africa: A guide for the national planning commission', African Security Review, vol. 19, pp. 90 - 101, 10.1080/10246029.2010.539815

Baker DP, 2010, 'South Africa's threat environment: A guide for the national planning commission', African Security Review, vol. 19, pp. 54 - 64, 10.1080/10246029.2010.519878

Baker DP, 2009, 'Sources of the self as an argument for theism', Philosophical Papers, vol. 38, pp. 401 - 416, 10.1080/05568640903320063

Baker D-P; Maeresera S, 2009, 'SADCBRIG intervention in SADC member states: Reasons to doubt', African Security Review, vol. 18, pp. 105 - 110, 10.1080/10246029.2009.9627519

Baker D, 2009, 'Dawkins’ Moral Argument in The God Delusion', Journal of Theology for South Africa

Baker D, 2009, 'Walterstorff’s Reformed Epistemology', Scriptura: international journal of bible, religion and theology in southern Africa

Baker D; Roberts D, 2008, 'Assessing the Capabilities Approach to the Ethics of Armed Conflict: Jus in Bello and the Case of Operation Cobra II', Politeia

Baker D-P, 2007, 'The AU Standby Force and the Challenge of Somalia', African Security Review, vol. 16, pp. 120 - 123, 10.1080/10246029.2007.9627422

Baker D, 2007, 'Agency Theory: A New Model of Civil-Military Relations for Africa?', African Journal on Conflict Resolution

Baker D, 2007, 'Perceiving God? A Critical Analysis of William Alston’s Reformed Epistemology', Scriptura: international journal of bible, religion and theology in southern Africa

BAKER DEANE-PETER, 2006, 'Defending the Common Life: National-Defence After Rodin', Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol. 23, pp. 259 - 275, 10.1111/j.1468-5930.2006.00340.x

Baker DP; Beck S; Spurrett D, 2006, 'Editorial: New developments at the SAJP', South African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 25, 10.1080/02580136.2006.10751578

Baker DP, 2005, 'Divine foreknowledge - So what?', Heythrop Journal - Quarterly Review of Philosophy and Theology, vol. 46, pp. 60 - 65

Baker DP, 2005, 'Plantinga's reformed epistemology: What's the question?', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, vol. 57, pp. 77 - 103, 10.1007/s11153-004-1681-8

Baker D, 2005, 'Moral Asymmetry in Contemporary Warfare', Theoria: a journal of social and political theory

Baker DP; Beck S; Spurrett D, 2005, 'Editorial', South African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 24, pp. 61 - 63, 10.1080/02580136.2005.10751555

Baker DP; Beck S; Spurrett D, 2004, 'Editorial', South African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 23, 10.1080/02580136.2004.10751540

Baker D, 2003, 'Don’t Kick the Habit’: A Taylorian Critique of Rorty’s Achieving Our Country', Theoria: a journal of social and political theory

Baker D, 2003, 'Condemned to Meaning’: A critical review of recent work on Charles Taylor', Theoria: a journal of social and political theory

Baker D, 2003, 'Taking the Quandary out of Christian Ethics', Journal of Theology for Southern Africa

Baker D, 2003, 'Morality, Structure, Transcendence and Theism: A response to Melissa Lane’s reading of Charles Taylor’s Sources of the Self', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

Baker D, 2002, 'Transcendental Arguments, The Truman Show and Original Sin', Journal of Theology for Southern Africa

Baker D, 2001, 'Mackie’s ethical theory: is there space for a Taylor-made conception of the good?', South African Journal of Philosophy

Baker D, 2000, 'Charles Taylor’s Sources of the self: a Transcendental Apologetic?', International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

Baker DP, 1999, 'Taylor and Parfit on personal identity: a response to Lötter', South African Journal of Philosophy, vol. 18, pp. 331 - 346, 10.1080/02580136.1999.10878192

Edited Books

Baker D, Explorations in Contemporary Continental Philosophy of Religion