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Would it be reasonable to air-drop suicide pills during the Rwandan Genocide?

Thus I ask a different question - barring legal requirements, is my question a reasonable one? By the bye, has any philosophers published on the ethics of suicide in a war? Original Question on ...
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Authors who think war and violence are part of the American culture and economy

The United States Military budget exceeds the next 9 countries on the list combined ref. here. A great deal of Hollywood movies portrait the glory of war and present violence as something entertaining ...
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Authors on wars influencing societies [closed]

Let's presume Nazi Germany did not happen. Young kids would not have references on how damaging extreme nationalism can be therefore the Third Reich could have append anywhere in the world an can ...
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Is philosophy mostly a male pursuit and is it a method to attain status?

Historically the vast majority of famous philosophers have been male. Males are (generally) combative and concerned with attaining status. Can philosophy be separated from the earthly evolutionary ...
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Authors on the brainwashing of the American People and western world [closed]

I'm looking for books and authors which relate to the times we are going through in terms of disinformation, "fake news", cultures based on war and violence and the "call of duty", false flag ...
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Question about war [closed]

If we are civilized enough to be able to set rules for war, why can't war be non-lethal? Why not something else competitive? If we still want to be violent, why not just have an MMA match?
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Had the Second World War an underlying philosophical issue? [closed]

Was WWII a fight between different serious interpretations of the world, apart from the usual superficial descriptions of military fights between countries? Does there exist some philosophical secret ...
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On Killling - Difference between a “Warrior Culture” and “Warring Culture” [closed]

The impetus for this thought is from the book authored by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman: On Killing (Revised and updated edition) and the following quote: In the same way, all of the aspects of combat ...
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Violence and War in life

Link: Does the violence make us understand some idea? If so, what? What is the purpose of such detail? I'm doing a report for the novel Ender's Game. The large role in this novel is violence and war.
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Does the existence of total warfare (i.e. win or die) prove that free-will is limited?

When you look at history there seems to be two types of wars: 1) the "unilateral" or asymmetric wars (like recently the Iraq war where one group of people overwhelmingly keep the conflict under their ...
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Is it ethical to earn money by convincing young men to enlist in the army during wartime? [closed]

Firstly, is it ethical to convince young men (and women) to risk death and injury by enlisting in the army and going to war? Secondly, if the person running such an enlistment campaign has absolutely ...
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Is The War on Terror Civil War? [closed]

Premise: Country-X is in a War on Terror (not a War on Terrorism). Country-X incarcerates greatest % of its population compared to all others. Imagine taking a dog and putting him in a small concrete ...
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Books or articles on military thought?

I'm looking to find writings on military thought. Not in the sense of tactics or history of war, but in the sense of being in or running a military force in the abstract. Ideally, possible topics ...
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Paul Valery's Crisis of the Mind [closed]

An excerpt from Paul Valery's Crisis of Mind: I was saying the other day the peace is the kind of war that allows acts of love and creation in its course; it is, then, a more complex and ...
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What is the 'War on Terror'? [closed]

It isn't War, as classically defined by Clauswitz, which is defined to be declared by states against states; states are of course the pre-eminant form of political organisation since the Peace of ...
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What are prominent pro-war 20th century philosphers?

I'm asking from a sociological perspective here. Motivation: I wonder if it is true that technological development is better during war time, and if so, why? Is it because the review process is ...
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What are the reasons for human conflict? [closed]

In his "The French Revolution, a History", 3.3.II, Thomas Carlyle writes the following: "for all battle is well said to be misunderstanding" He is speaking in reference to the terrible conflict ...
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What does this quote from Albert Camus mean?

“To be born to create, to love, to win at games is to be born to live in time of peace. But war teaches us to lose everything and become what we were not. it all becomes a question of style.” — ...
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Art of War: Do not criticize your enemies? [closed]

I read The Art of War by Sun Tzu but don't recall the author mentioning anything directly regarding criticizing one's enemies. It seems that when you get into an argument with your enemy and start ...
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How much if any suspension of civil liberties can be ethically justified during a “state of war”? [closed]

We constantly see civil liberties getting sacked because the country/state/city/town is in a state of war (let it be curfews or bugging civilian mobile phones). How much is ok? At what level is it ...
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How has the philosophy of war changed since Sun Tzu's The Art of War?

The Art of War, an ancient military treatise written by Sun Tzu, is composed of thirteen chapters detailing strategies for war ranging from simply laying plans to the extensive use of fire and spies ...