A Philosophy of War by Alexander Moseley

By Alexander Moseley

Moseley considers struggle from all angles: Christian, Marxist, Platonic, behavioralist, fiscal, mental, and organic; he concludes that market-based societies are inclined to foster cooperation greater than strive against. ?

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What is important to remember is that the types of war overlap. There is no complete ecdysis of previous forms as the complexity of war increases — rather, previous structures remain incorporated in the new forms that emerge with technological or social developments. 39 Societies may regress — forgetting or squandering the knowledge learned by previous generations  and the art and complexity of war may correspondingly decline. 40 The next chapters turn to consider the causes of war. < 35 > A Philosophy of War Notes 1.

Consider, for example, the simple action of drinking a glass of wine. ” Metaphysics and Commonsense (1967), from Almond, Ethics p. 7. A note should be made here on relating the definition to morality: that concepts relating to human nature and actions are contextual is not to imply that moral judgements are relativistic, which would entail, for example, that waging a particular war in one era is morally justifiable yet in another era morally unjustifiable. What is implied is that the particular meaning of a concept may differ over some time and place — this still allows the production of a universalist morality concerning war.

But that does not obviate the need to form a conceptual denominator between two groups — especially in the case of war where so much may be at stake over how one group defines war. Gallie, Understanding War, p. 60. , p. 67 Original emphasis. Also: “‘War’ is a generic form that applies to certain bellicose acts that have in common the use of force and violence. If war is not a unique event but a multiplicity of events, or of types and classes of events, it seems logical that they are initiated by different causes.

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