Modernity and War the Creed of Absolute Violence: The Creed of Absolute Violence

Modernity and War the Creed of Absolute Violence: The Creed of Absolute Violence

by Philip K. Lawrence
     
 

The author explores the contradiction between the optimistic view of social progress in the West and the actual involvement of Western states in mass violence. The text also explains how the practice of air warfare distances Western citizens from the consequences of military violence. 256 pp. See more details below

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The author explores the contradiction between the optimistic view of social progress in the West and the actual involvement of Western states in mass violence. The text also explains how the practice of air warfare distances Western citizens from the consequences of military violence. 256 pp.

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This book is a philosophical exploration of war from the Enlightenment to the present. Lawrence (international politics, U. of West of England) shows the contradiction between Enlightenment assumptions concerning human progress and the West's involvement in mass violence. He goes on to argue that the real cultural beliefs of Western states have been far removed from the proclaimed moral doctrines of Western philosophy. The book concludes with a discussion of the effect that nuclear weapons have had on the modernist view of war. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780312174026
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 0.83(h) x 8.78(d)

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