Targets of Opportunity: On the Militarization of Thinking [NOOK Book]

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The title of this book echoes a phrase used by the Washington Post to describethe American attempt to kill Saddam Hussein at the start of the war againstIraq. Its theme is the notion of targeting (skopos) as the name of an intentionalstructure in which the subject tries to confirm its invulnerability by aiming todestroy a target. At the center of the first chapter is Odysseus's killing of the suitors;the second concerns Carl Schmitt's Roman Catholicism and Political Form; thethird and fourth treat Freud's ...
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Targets of Opportunity: On the Militarization of Thinking

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Overview


The title of this book echoes a phrase used by the Washington Post to describethe American attempt to kill Saddam Hussein at the start of the war againstIraq. Its theme is the notion of targeting (skopos) as the name of an intentionalstructure in which the subject tries to confirm its invulnerability by aiming todestroy a target. At the center of the first chapter is Odysseus's killing of the suitors;the second concerns Carl Schmitt's Roman Catholicism and Political Form; thethird and fourth treat Freud's Thoughts for the Times on War and DeathandThe Man Moses and Monotheistic Religion.Weber then traces the emergenceof an alternative to targeting, first within military and strategic thinking itself(Network Centered Warfare), and then in Walter Benjamin's readings ofCapitalism as Religionand Two Poems of Friedrich Hlderlin.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823224777
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 164
  • File size: 229 KB

Meet the Author

Samuel Weber is Avalon Professor of Comparative Literature at Northwestern University and Director of Northwestern's Paris Program in Critical Theory. He is the author of numerous books, including The Legend of Freud, Institution and Interpretation, Mass Medianras: Form, Technics, Media, Theatricality as Medium, and Targets of Opportunity: On the Militarization of Thinking. (Fordham)

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Table of Contents

1 "A rather singular strike" 1
2 "The principle of representation" : Carl Schmitt's Roman Catholicism and political form 22
3 Wartime : Freud's "timely thoughts on war and death" 42
4 Doing away with Freud's Man Moses 63
5 Networks, netwar, and narratives 90
6 The Net and the carpets 109
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