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Dediscoursification: A Discourse-Ethical Critique of Discursive Production of the State of War
Dediscoursification: A Discourse-Ethical Critique of Discursive Production of the State of War

Author(s): Dražen Pehar
Subject(s): Political Philosophy, History and theory of political science, Comparative politics, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Fakultet političkih nauka Univerziteta u Beogradu & Fakultet političkih znanosti u Zagrebu
Keywords: dediscoursification; discourse ethics; causes of war; Peloponnesian war; just war theory; republican political theory

Summary/Abstract: this essay briefly presents the theory of dediscoursification as a theory of one of the major causes of war. Its key claim reads that discursive attitudes, such as lying, self-contradicting, and promise-breaking, ought to be theorized as causes directly contributory to the emergence of the state of war. the essay also explains the sense in which the theory implies a view of language as a generator of the virtual collective body. thirdly, the essay draws on the Peloponnesian war as an empirical evidence in support of the dediscoursification theory and explains why the theory cannot be reconciled with the just war tradition of theorizing on war. Lastly, some ethical, epistemological, and political implications are spelled out to clarify here the theory’s wider commitments to the extent possible.

  • Issue Year: 6/2016
  • Issue No: 01+02
  • Page Range: 35-65
  • Page Count: 31
  • Language: English