. Toward Perpetual Peace

Marc Redfield

in The Rhetoric of Terror

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231232
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241118 | DOI:
. Toward Perpetual Peace

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Many aspects like romanticism, human rights, revolution, and sovereignty declared a war on terror that we inherit as part of modernity. This inheritance is an uncertain one because we will never predict the future and the certainty of this declaration's locutionary shape and illocutionary is out of reach. And this declaration conveys absolute war, for it could only be performed by the executive officer of a superpower in an era of geopolitical strategizing and global communication. The declaration on of war on terror may thus be taken not just as one aspect of the never-tightening regime of modern technics but as the very motto of techno-metaphysical domination. The war on terror, like everything else, is forgettable and it is not so less for having marshaled the language of absolute.

Keywords: terror; superpower; absolute; war on terror; declaration; global communication

Chapter.  2105 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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