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Theorizing war : from Hobbes to Badiou / Nick Mansfield.


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Mansfield, Nick.
Publication date:
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
  • Book
  • viii, 174 p. ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 169-171) and index.
  • Acknowledgements Introduction: War and Its Other PART I: POSING THE PROBLEM Hobbes: War Redeemed by Sovereignty Kant: Peace through War Clausewitz: War as the Activation of the Social PART II: THE WAR/OTHER COMPLEX Freud: War and Ambivalence Bataille: War, Consumption and Religion Deleuze and Guattari: Owning the War-Machine Under the Black Light: Derrida, Levinas, Schmitt and the Aporia of War PART III: THE PROBLEM OF DIFFERENCE The Collapse of Difference: Insisting on Clausewitz Global War Recovering Difference Conclusion: War and Human Rights Bibliography Index.
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Publisher's Summary:
We all think we know what war is, yet it has always been explained in relation to something else: sovereign authority, civil society, peace, friendship, love. Traditionally, war has been perceived as either the opposite of these values, or as their instrument. Yet, in our time, it seems to be both of these things at once: social values, like human rights, are both what justifies war, and what we need to protect from war. In this book, Nick Mansfield studies this paradox through a reading of canonical thinkers on war like Hobbes and Clausewitz, and also of other thinkers (from Freud and Bataille to Deleuze and Guattari, Levinas and Derrida) who have attempted to deal with our complex and contradictory relationship to war. He also investigates the way that the most influential recent thinkers (from Virilio and Baudrillard to Mbembe, Badiou and A iA ek) have theorized war.
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