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Introduction

Clark Ian

in Waging War

Published in print April 1988 | ISBN: 9780198273257
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191684012 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198273257.003.0001
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This book approaches the subject of war, and the waging of it, from a philosophical perspective. It looks at the philosophy and practice of war not as polar opposites, but as proximate realms of activity, each influencing the character of the other. The book examines the nature of war itself and how the central idea has developed in the context of changing social, political, technological environments. It discusses the specific codes for the waging of war and explains how these evolved under the pressure of similar developments. The chapter also analyses the problems of implementation and the means by which the general and abstract codes of conduct can be applied to the practicalities of war.

Keywords: war; philosophy; waging of war; implementation; codes of conduct

Chapter.  3602 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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