The Concept of War: Political Science, Philosophy, Law
|Event Date/Time: Sep 07, 2006||End Date/Time: Sep 10, 2006|
|Registration Date: Dec 15, 2005|
|Abstract Submission Date: Dec 15, 2005|
|Paper Submission Date: Jun 30, 2006|
Notwithstanding, not all aspects are completely new. The total number of armed conflicts has stayed roughly stable (forty simultaneously) - the immense majority comprising of intra-national (civil) war or of armed conflict between a state and a non-state actor. Inter-national war, the frame of reference of political philosophy, public international law, and political theory of international relations, remain the exception. Likewise, the influence of the military-industrial complex has certainly not diminished, and imperialist wars did not disappear.
Challenged by the new complexity of the phenomenon of war, some theoretical approaches, considered to be mono-causal, have been outmoded, e.g. Malthusian inspired theories – for example the polémologie - which confound (demographic) cause and effect. Other theories, such as just war ethics, game theory, and Clausewitzan and Aronian driven approaches, which had been very popular a few years ago, seem to suffer from fatigue and failure to renew. The legal utopias promising to regulate organized violence by means of the rule of law and the progressive criminalisation of war are no longer unanimously shared. At present, the traditional philosophy of war appears increasingly incapable of comprehending the new realities. Filling the void and mark the contemporary debate are constructivist theorizings, postmodern and feminist deconstructions, some neo-Gramscian approaches or the combination of post-modernism with neo-Marxism, as well as the grand (and worrisome) return of the Schmittan (friend-foe) dichotomies.
The main objective of this conference is not just to chronicle the situation and bring out new streams of reflection within the three disciplines of political science, philosophy, and law. More importantly, the ultimate goal is to compare the disciplinary perspectives, and, to the extent possible, “crossbreed” them. Faced with the considerable impending challenges of the phenomenon of war, disciplinary compartementalization proves, indeed, unproductive.