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War and Philosophy: A Study of Mutual Interaction

Michal Rigel

E-LOGOS, 2020, vol. 2020, issue 2, 46-56

Abstract: War has been a subject of ethical and philosophical reflections for centuries. This resulted in many examples of tangible impacts on the character of war (i. e. ban of certain types of weapons or methods of warfare along with other restrictions inspired by the teaching of the philosophical theory of the just war, etc.). However, an unresolved question remains: in which way the long-term interaction between the two has affected philosophy itself? There seems to be no human activity where the phenomenon of war would not play a significant role, and the philosophy should not be supposed an exception. It is mainly in the field of political philosophy (and its subfield known as a just war theory), where the imprint of war can be clearly identified in the most important and most influential works of this discipline from antiquity to the present. The paper aims to draw attention to the formative impact of war events on some of the critical ideas of political philosophy and to present a large extent of mutual interactions between war and philosophy by mentioning a couple of illustrative examples.

Keywords: war; philosophy; political philosophy; just war theory; válka; filozofie; politická filozofie; teorie spravedlivé války (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.18267/j.e-logos.476

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