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By Christopher Coker

During this e-book, Professor Christopher Coker offers an unique and debatable thesis concerning the way forward for war.

  • Argues that the biotechnology revolution has given conflict a brand new rent of life.
  • Draws on thinkers from Hegel and Nietzsche to the postmodernists.
  • Refers to fashionable fiction and films.
  • Part of the distinguished Blackwell Manifestos series.
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Interestingly, the hero is alienated from civil engineering too. '' He might also have been talking about modern war - that is what made it so disenchanting. Post-industrial Paradigms To grasp what had happened we need to look at the paradigm that governed nlilitary technology and military thinking in the industrial era. It was one that revolved around the central technology of the industrial revolution: the steam engme. Even earlier war had been dominated by a paradigm centred on another technology: the clock.

4 In one sense, of course, alienation is inevitable in that it separates the essence of humanity from the reality of existence. Man, after all, is alienated from his nature by the acceptance of limits placed upon him by nature itself, both in terms of his relationship with it and the limits imposed by nature on his abilities, physical and mental. In that sense, alienation is inescapable: it is a radical dissociation of self into a subject that strives to control its fate and an object that finds 47 The Warrior o f t h e Future itself manipulated by others.

And the craftsman designed the shield to a specific order, a divine design in furtherance of a human practice: war. For as we are told in the Iliad, ‘so the blessed gods rallied the opposing forces, forced them together and opened up strong strife among themselves’. War between men, as Homer tells us, was part of the gods’ design for the world. The example illustrates two ways in which technology was part of an enchanted, not disenchanted, world. The ancient craftsman showed delight in fantasy and symbol.

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