By Alexander Moseley
Moseley considers conflict from all angles: Christian, Marxist, Platonic, behavioralist, financial, mental, and organic; he concludes that market-based societies are inclined to foster cooperation greater than wrestle. ?
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Moseley considers warfare from all angles: Christian, Marxist, Platonic, behavioralist, financial, mental, and organic; he concludes that market-based societies are inclined to foster cooperation greater than wrestle. ?
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17 These arguments against defining the concept of “war” need to be refuted. Gallie’s comments can be rejected on the grounds that nothing can be gained unless an effort is made to consider what “war” is. 18 James invokes this anti-conceptualism, which is at the heart of this issue. Anti-conceptualism is trivially correct in noting, for example, that the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), the Zulu War (1879), the Gulf < 18 > Defining War War (1990-91), and the Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815) are different entities, just as it is valid reasoning to state that the two letter f’s in the word “different” are not the same entities.
9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Quincy Wright’s taxonomy is useful as a starter, but it requires adaptation to include new types of war that have entered the vocabulary since the publication of A Study of War in 1965. As humans are animals, defensive instinctive reactions shared with other animals may generate war at the pre-rational level of action, and wars may tap back into such reactions. For individual organisms, the instinctive act of violence is motivated by sex, territory, dominance, and activity between members of the same species.
For instance, Keegan comments that it was not the Sumerian tools that made them successful warriors but their superior powers of organisation. 126 More complex forms of explicitly co-ordinated organisation are possible with writing, although the greatest and most intricate web of organised action is committed through market processes. Balancing the two is the subject matter of much political philosophy of course. Milton, Areopagitica. The father of economics, Adam Smith, notes how warfare becomes increasingly expensive though the more complex and advanced a society is.
A Philosophy of War by Alexander Moseley