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The Permanent Condition of War-And-Peace: From the Total Mobilization to the Absolute Construction of the Event
International Journal of Philosophy
Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2018, Pages: 40-54
Received: Jun. 2, 2018; Accepted: Jun. 19, 2018; Published: Jul. 10, 2018
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Žarko Paić, Department of Fashion Design, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
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In the present consideration the author tries to explain on three levels a fundamental shift which occurred and changed the dynamics of the binary opposition of war and peace and the globally defined area, the post-national sovereignty. Those levels are: (1) transition from the metaphysics of modern history to the production of bio-political power on a global scale between the "Empires" (United States, Russia and China) against "rogue states which calls into question the ontological definition of the modern war as a civilian, guerrilla as warfare or ethnic conflict; (2) definition of the world as a total mobilization (techno-science and capital) which necessarily leads to the possibility of total war as the absolute construction of events on a planetary scale; (3) review of the Enlightenment's ideas of Kant's "perpetual peace " in correlation with the condition of permanent "state of emergency" on a global level, which break up the Manichean logic “either war or peace”, because we are living in an age characterized by the logic of war and peace in the intervals it constructed crisis of the global security. Therefore, the question of "human nature" as good or bad does not make decisive philosophical meaning, and even theological problem, because the ethics of responsibility becomes only a weak appeal for the preservation of life on earth and the theology of salvation already assumed the fight against evil in the form of negative theodicy. What, then, is left of the idea of not only world history but also of the different versions of the "just war" at a time when terror, total control and politics should decide on events in the world? The answer could not lie in the pseudo-humanization of the world and the inflation of ethical doctrine as a treatment for a technology-designed apocalypse. Instead of utopias and apocalyptic narratives, the solution lies in rethinking the constellation of techno-cybernetic thinking as the dangers that allow conditions of "total mobilization" and "absolute construction".
Permanent Condition, Total Mobilization, Planetary, Biopolitics
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Žarko Paić, The Permanent Condition of War-And-Peace: From the Total Mobilization to the Absolute Construction of the Event, International Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2018, pp. 40-54. doi: 10.11648/j.ijp.20180602.14
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