doi:10.3849/1802-7199

SETTING THE CATEGORICAL HYDRA ABLAZE

Applying Clausewitz to the Fallacies of War Categorisation

Samuel ŽILINČÍK

This research aims to expose the fallacious thinking which enables some of the categories of war to proliferate despite their questionable analytical usefulness. For this purpose, the author uses the method of theoretical analysis. These are the confusion about the nature of war and peace, the emphasis on novelty, and the attempts to capture war as a static phenomenon. The fallacies identified are the prevalence of legalistic lenses over strategic lenses, the false equivalence between military and non-military instruments, the ignorance of the empirical evidence, the ignorance of the dynamic nature of war and the neglect of the adversary as a crucial component of war.

Keywords

Categorisation; War; Strategic Theory; Clausewitz; Violence.


Title in English:

SETTING THE CATEGORICAL HYDRA ABLAZE:
Applying Clausewitz to the Fallacies of War Categorisation

Title in Slovak:

SPÁLENIE KATEGORICKEJ HYDRY
Aplikácia Clausewitza voči chybám v uvažovaní o kategorizácii vojny

Type:

Article

Author(s):

Samuel ŽILINČÍK

Language:

English

Abstract:

English/Slovak

Journal:

Obrana a strategie

Publisher:

University of Defence

ISSN:

ISSN 1214-6463 (print) and ISSN 1802-7199 (on-line)

DOI:

10.3849/1802-7199.19.2019.01.039-054

Issue:

Volume 19, Number 1 (June 2019)

Pages:

039-054

Received:

15.03.2019

Accepted:

05.04.2019

Published online:

15.06.2019

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