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Philosophy in the Age of the New Wars

As many military historians and theorists of conflict have recently argued, we have been witnessing a transformation in the history of warfare over the past 20 years under the heading of the ‘New Wars’. Advances in robotic and drone technology, cyber-warfare, and the sprawling fragmentation of conflict have substantially altered both how we think about war and how war is pursued. We want to address the philosophical implications of this phenomenon of the ‘New Wars’: How have transformations in warfare, technology, and the culture of war changed philosophical thinking? How might philosophical thinking come to terms with such transformations?

The aim of this collaboration between the philosophy departments at the Penn State University and the University of Freiburg is to explore these questions through an approach combining various philosophical methods of analysis and argumentation in conjunction with an interdisciplinary outreach to other related fields of study (e.g. history, cultural studies, security studies). The aim of this project to develop a novel field of philosophical research by drawing on and challenging established frameworks for the conceptualization of warfare, violence, and the human condition.



Prof. Hans‐Helmuth Gander

Department of Philosophy
University of Freiburg

Prof. Nicolas de Warren

Department of Philosophy
PennState University