Soldaten On Fighting Killing and Dying

Soldaten   On Fighting  Killing and Dying
Author: Sonke Neitzel,Harald Welzer
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2012-09-25
ISBN: 1849839506
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Soldaten On Fighting Killing and Dying Book Excerpt:

In November 2001, as the world still reeled from the attack on the Twin Towers, German historian Sonke Neitzel discovered an extraordinary cache of documents from the Second World War. The documents were the transcripts of German prisoners of war talking among themselves in prisoner of war camps, and secretly recorded by the allies. In these apparently private conversations the soldiers talked freely and openly about their hopes and fears, their concerns and their day-to-day lives. With a banality and ease which to the modern reader can appear shocking, they also talked about the horrors of war -- about rape, death and killing. Sonke Neitzel shared the material with renowned and bestselling psychologist Harald Wezler and they set about trying to make sense of the vast piles of documents, the hours of transcripts. The result is SOLDATEN, a landmark book which will change the way we look at soldiers and war, and is as relevant to our modern conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as it was to the soldiers of the German Army in 1945. Published to huge acclaim and controversy in Germany it was a number one bestseller there and reignited the debate about the banality of evil under the Nazi regime.

Action and Its Explanation

Action and Its Explanation
Author: David-Hillel Ruben,Director of New York University in London and Professor of Philosophy at the School of Oriental and African Studies David-Hillel Ruben
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9780198235880
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Action and Its Explanation Book Excerpt:

David-Hillel Ruben's new book pursues some novel and unusual standpoints in the philosophy of action. He rejects, for example, the most widely held view about how to count actions, and argues for what he calls a 'prolific theory' of act individuation. He also describes and argues against thetwo leading theories of the nature of action, the causal theory and the agent causal theory. The causal theory cannot account for skilled activity, nor for mental action. The agent causalist theory unnecessarily reifies causings. He identifies an assumption that they share, and that most actiontheorists have assumed to be unproblematic and uncontroversial, that an action is, or entails the existence of, an event. Several different meanings to that claim are disentangled and in the most interesting sense of that claim, Ruben denies that it is true. His own alternative is simple andunpretentious: nothing informative can be said about the nature of action that explicates action in any other terms.Ruben sketches a theory of causal explanation of action that eschews the requirement for laws or generalisations, and this effectively quashes one argument for the oft-repeated view that no explanations of action can be causal, on the grounds that there are no convincing cases of laws of humanaction. He addresses a number of questions about the knowledge an agent has of his own actions, looking particularly at examples of pathological cases of action in which, for one reason or another, the agent does not know what he is doing.Inspiring and enlightening in its challenge to received wisdom, and in its convincing defence of some unfashionable positions, Action and its Explanation will be required reading for anyone working in this field.

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Primo Levi

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Primo Levi
Author: Nicholas Patruno,Roberta Ricci
Publsiher: Modern Language Association
Total Pages: 190
Release: 2014-11-01
ISBN: 1603291792
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Primo Levi Book Excerpt:

Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and renowned memoirist, is one of the most widely read writers of post-World War II Italy. His works are characterized by the lean, dispassionate eloquence with which he approaches his experience of incarceration in Auschwitz. His memoirs--as well as his poetry and fiction and his many interviews--are often taught in several fields, including Jewish studies and Holocaust studies, comparative literature, and Italian language and literature, and can enrich the study of history, psychology, and philosophy. The first part of this volume provides instructors with an overview of the available editions, anthologies, and translations of Levi's work and identifies other useful classroom aids, such as films, music, and online resources. In the second part, contributors describe different approaches to teaching Levi's work. Some, in presenting Survival in Auschwitz, The Reawakening, and The Drowned and the Saved, look at the place of style in Holocaust testimony and the reliability of memory in autobiography. Others focus on questions of translation, complicated by the untranslatable in the language and experiences of the concentration camps, or on how Levi incorporates his background as a chemist into his writing, most clearly in The Periodic Table.

Xenophon on Violence

Xenophon on Violence
Author: Aggelos Kapellos
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2019-10-21
ISBN: 3110671468
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Xenophon on Violence Book Excerpt:

This volume examines the issue of violence in Xenophon’s works, who lived in circumstances of war for many years. All the papers address issues of violence from different aspects. The exclusive focus on this issue is justified, since no previous detailed study exists on the subject. Most of the chapters focus on the Hellenica, because this work records more aspects of violence than the rest of his works. The volume is more concerned with examining violence in practice rather than the theory of violence, and violent practices are more frequently recorded in the Hellenica, which is the main historical work of Xenophon.This volume attempts to provide a comprehensive study of the subject of violence in Xenophon’s works and to demonstrate the coherence and consistency of his thought on it. This work aspires to be a contribution to classical scholarship since it attempts to: (1) shed further light on the literary character of Xenophon’s oeuvre; (2) offer new interpretation of passages and themes; and (3) put emphasis on passages that scholars have not pointed out and which offer important insights to the thought of Xenophon.

Dying Justice

Dying Justice
Author: Jocelyn Grant Downie
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2004-01-01
ISBN: 9780802037602
Category: Law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dying Justice Book Excerpt:

In Dying Justice, Jocelyn Downie provides an up-to-date and comprehensive review of significant developments in the current legal status of assisted death in Canada.

Who Will Cry For The Soldiers Tears From Distant Wars

Who Will Cry For The Soldiers  Tears From Distant Wars
Author: International War Veterans Poetry Archives
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2013-01-01
ISBN: 1291266038
Category: Poetry
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who Will Cry For The Soldiers Tears From Distant Wars Book Excerpt:

An Anthology of Modern War Poetry and Prose written by contributors (veterans, veterans families, and supporters) to the International War Veterans Poetry Archives (IWVPA). This book is dedicated to the Men and Women of the Armed Forces of the Free World who have been, are now, and will be placed in harm's way. For many of those who find it difficult to come to terms with personal war experiences, whether it is first hand or as a loved one or friend, writing is almost like a magical pill. Within the structured framework of the written word, emotions can be haltered and led to a point where the writer is enabled to manifest and relate to the gamut of emotions engendered by the experiences and consequences of war.

Why Humans Fight Why Humans Fight

Why Humans Fight Why Humans Fight
Author: Siniša Malešević
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 379
Release: 2022-05-31
ISBN: 1009178636
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why Humans Fight Why Humans Fight Book Excerpt:

Malešević offers a novel sociological answer to the age-old question: 'Why do humans fight?'. Instead of focusing on the motivations of solitary individuals, he emphasises the centrality of the social and historical contexts that make fighting possible. He argues that fighting is not an individual attribute, but a social phenomenon shaped by one's relationships with other people. Drawing on recent scholarship across a variety of academic disciplines as well as his own interviews with the former combatants, Malešević shows that one's willingness to fight is a contextual phenomenon shaped by specific ideological and organisational logic. This book explores the role biology, psychology, economics, ideology, and coercion play in one's experience of fighting, emphasising the cultural and historical variability of combativeness. By drawing from numerous historical and contemporary examples from all over the world, Malešević demonstrates how social pugnacity is a relational and contextual phenomenon that possesses autonomous features.

International Intervention in a Secular Age

International Intervention in a Secular Age
Author: Audra Mitchell
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2014-04-03
ISBN: 1134504721
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

International Intervention in a Secular Age Book Excerpt:

International intervention is not just about ‘saving’ human lives: it is also an attempt to secure humanity’s place in the universe. This book explores the Western secular beliefs that underpin contemporary practices of intervention—most importantly, beliefs about life, death and the dominance of humanity. These beliefs shape a wide range of practices: the idea that human beings should intervene when human lives are at stake; analyses of violence and harm; practices of intervention and peace-building; and logics of killing and letting die. Ironically, however, the Western secular desire to ensure the meaningfulness of human life at all costs contributes to processes of dehumanization, undercutting the basic goals of intervention. To explore this paradox, International Intervention in a Secular Age engages with examples from around the world, and draws on interdisciplinary sources: anthropologies of secularity and IR, posthumanist political philosophy, ontology and the sociology of death. This book offers new insight into perennial problems, such as the reluctance of intervenors to incur fatalities, and international inaction in the face of escalating violence. It also exposes new dilemmas, such as the dehumanizing effects of quantifying casualties, Western secular logics of killing, and the appropriation of lives and deaths through peace-building processes. It will be of great interest to students and scholars of international relations, political philosophy, international ethics and social anthropology.

Philosophy of Action

Philosophy of Action
Author: Jonathan Dancy,Constantine Sandis
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 417
Release: 2015-02-17
ISBN: 1118604539
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophy of Action Book Excerpt:

The Philosophy of Action: An Anthology is an authoritative collection of key work by top scholars, arranged thematically and accompanied by expert introductions written by the editors. This unique collection brings together a selection of the most influential essays from the 1960s to the present day. An invaluable collection that brings together a selection of the most important classic and contemporary articles in philosophy of action, from the 1960’s to the present day No other broad-ranging and detailed coverage of this kind currently exists in the field Each themed section opens with a synoptic introduction and includes a comprehensive further reading list to guide students Includes sections on action and agency, willing and trying, intention and intentional action, acting for a reason, the explanation of action, and free agency and responsibility Written and organised in a style that allows it to be used as a primary teaching resource in its own right

The Politics of Death

The Politics of Death
Author: Michael J. Blain
Publsiher: Universal-Publishers
Total Pages: 137
Release: 2001
ISBN: 1581121318
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Politics of Death Book Excerpt:

This dissertation reports the results of a sociological analysis of the narrative form and functions of revolutionary discourse. Chapter I poses two questions: How do representations of death function in political processes? How do signifiers of violent death function in the structure of revolutionary statements? Chapter II reviews relevant sociological concepts and articulates a dramatistic political-sociology of death, concepts mainly derived from Emile Durkheim, Robert Hertz, and Arnold van Gennep on death and the sacred, Max Weber on violence and politics, and Burke, Duncan, and Edelman's view of politics as symbolic action. Chapter III presents the results of a formal, narrative, and semiotic analysis of a large sample of revolutionary statements ( Saussure, Levi-Strauss, Foucault). Two symbolic complexes were clearly evident. First, revolutionaries employ a tragic narrative form, employing "the blood" of innocent victims and heroic martyrs to construct the villainy of their enemies, to provoke moral outrage, and to legitimate acts of righteous retaliation against established authority. Second, metaphors of fire, storm, explosion, and eruption are used to infuse revolutionary acts with powerful, impersonal forces. Chapter IV validates these results through an exploratory study of political meanings employing Osgood's semantic differential technique. Chapter V concludes that in revolutionary discourse, at least, revolutionary action is a form of tragic drama, an violent appeal to a 'public' audience made on behalf of 'powerless' people, a statement that one is willing to kill and die in the name of the ultimate principles of social order. The results of the semantic differential analysis show that these meanings can be studied empirically employing this technique. They also illustrate the validity and usefulness of the analytic framework, suggesting future avenues of research.

Military Law Review

Military Law Review
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1982
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Courts-martial and courts of inquiry
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Military Law Review Book Excerpt:

The Nonviolent Coming of God

The Nonviolent Coming of God
Author: James W. Douglass
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2006-04-01
ISBN: 1597526118
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Nonviolent Coming of God Book Excerpt:

In this, his most eloquent and far-reaching book, James Douglass explores the haunting parallels between the situation of Jesus and our situation today. Jesus, who lived in anticipation of the impending destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans and suffered from this vision, called urgently for a radical conversion to avert the tragedy. The choice then -- as now -- was between nonviolence and nonexistence. This choice is even more stark in the nuclear age. Whether describing the visions of Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Archbishop Romero, or the witness of his own community against the White Train carrying warheads across the country, Douglass can discern the sights of a second coming, a nonviolent coming of God. The possibility for a different future depends on a different kind of humanity, renewed and transformed by the nonviolent cross of Christ.

The Works of Agency

The Works of Agency
Author: Hugh McCann
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 1998
ISBN: 9780801485831
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Works of Agency Book Excerpt:

In these essays, McCann develops a unified perspective on human action. Written over a period of 25 years, the essays provide a comprehensive survey of the major topics in contemporary action theory. In four sections, the book addresses the ontology of action; the foundations of action; intention, will and freedom; and practical rationality. McCann works out a compromise between competing perspectives on the individuation of action; explores the foundations of action and defends a volitional theory; argues for a libertarian view of both the formation and the execution of intention; and considers the question of consistency in rational intentions, as well as the relationship between practical and theoretical reasoning.

Our Bravest Young Men Vol I

Our Bravest Young Men  Vol  I
Author: Corinne McConnell Brulé
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 403
Release: 2012-11-08
ISBN: 1456752510
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Our Bravest Young Men Vol I Book Excerpt:

This is one volume of a two-volume book. This novel is a political statement set within a story in the Vietnam War. The purpose of this book is to entertain, to educate and to give a message about the Vietnam War. The author has kept historical accuracy and realism to make this book meaningful. Inspiration for writing this book came from the author’s experience of living in America with the Vietnam War and from the author’s recollections of Soldiers who were drafted and who fought in the war. This book contains historic and well-known quotations about war that have been used in the dialogue. Some battlefield-action has been added so the reader has a balance of action scenes and political discussions on the war.

Our Bravest Young Men

Our Bravest Young Men
Author: Corinne Mcconnell Brule
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 746
Release: 2009-04
ISBN: 1438913737
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Our Bravest Young Men Book Excerpt:

Actions and Other Events

Actions and Other Events
Author: Karl Pfeifer
Publsiher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
Total Pages: 224
Release: 1989
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Actions and Other Events Book Excerpt:

How many things did the gunman do? Is his pulling of the trigger the "same" as his killing of the victim? Or are these two "different" actions or events? Such questions are at the heart of the dispute between -unifiers- and -multipliers- over the individuation of actions and events. In this study Karl Pfeifer defends the unifying approach of G.E.M. Anscombe and Donald Davidson against the criticisms and rival views of Alvin I. Goldman and others. Along the way, the discussion touches on a variety of problems concerning causality, time, explanation, language, ontology, and identity. What finally emerges is a clearer picture of the nature of criteria of identity and individuation for actions and events than has been available to date."

On the Order of Chaos

On the Order of Chaos
Author: Mark S. Mosko,Frederick H. Damon
Publsiher: Berghahn Books
Total Pages: 302
Release: 2005
ISBN: 9781845450243
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On the Order of Chaos Book Excerpt:

The essays in this volume collectively transform perspectives previously experienced as divergent, conflicting, and inconsistent into a common and complex orientation to problems central to the natural and social sciences involving transitions between order and disorder."--Jacket.

My Dog the Meat Eater

My Dog  the Meat Eater
Author: Daniel Trask
Publsiher: One Tiny Pizza Publishing
Total Pages: 140
Release: 2003
ISBN: 9781883684495
Category: Fantasy fiction, American
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Dog the Meat Eater Book Excerpt:

Set on a farm in a small, worn-out city that was once a booming industrial center, this coming of age novel is told from the points of view of several characters. It examines the profound bonds formed between people, animals, and the world around them.

Death Torture and the Broken Body in European Art 1300 650

 Death  Torture and the Broken Body in European Art  1300 650
Author: JohnR. Decker
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 281
Release: 2017-07-05
ISBN: 1351570102
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Death Torture and the Broken Body in European Art 1300 650 Book Excerpt:

Bodies mangled, limbs broken, skin flayed, blood spilled: from paintings to prints to small sculptures, the art of the late Middle Ages and early modern period gave rise to disturbing scenes of violence. Many of these torture scenes recall Christ?s Passion and its aftermath, but the martyrdoms of saints, stories of justice visited on the wicked, and broadsheet reports of the atrocities of war provided fertile ground for scenes of the body?s desecration. Contributors to this volume interpret pain, suffering, and the desecration of the human form not simply as the passing fancies of a cadre of proto-sadists, but also as serving larger social functions within European society. Taking advantage of the frameworks established by scholars such as Samuel Edgerton, Mitchell Merback, and Elaine Scarry (to name but a few), Death, Torture and the Broken Body in European Art, 1300-1650 provides an intriguing set of lenses through which to view such imagery and locate it within its wider social, political, and devotional contexts. Though the art works discussed are centuries old, the topics of the essays resonate today as twenty-first-century Western society is still absorbed in thorny debates about the ethics and consequences of the use of force, coercion (including torture), and execution, and about whether it is ever fully acceptable to write social norms on the bodies of those who will not conform.

Exporting Global Jihad

Exporting Global Jihad
Author: Tom Smith,Hussein Solomon
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2020-06-11
ISBN: 1838607544
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Exporting Global Jihad Book Excerpt:

This timely 2 volume edited collection looks at the extent and nature of global jihad, focusing on the often-exoticised hinterlands of jihad beyond the traditionally viewed Middle Eastern 'centre'. As ISIS loses its footing in Syria and Iraq and al-Qaeda regroups this comprehensive account will be a key work in the on-going battle to better understand the dynamics of the jihads global reality. Critically examining the global reach of the jihad in these peripheries has the potential to tell us much about patterns of both local mobilisation, and local rejection of a grander centrally themed and administered jihad. Has the periphery been receptive to an exported jihad from the centre or does the local rooted cosmopolitanism of the jihad in the periphery suggest a more complex glocal relationship? These questions and challenges are more pertinent than ever as the likes of ISIS and many commentators, attempt to globally rebrand the jihad and as the centre reasserts its claims to the exotic periphery. Edited by Tom Smith (Portsmouth), Kirsten E. Schulze (LSE) and Hussein Solomon (UFS) the two volumes critically examine the various claims of connections between jihadist terrorism in the 'periphery', remote Islamist insurgencies of the 'periphery' and the global jihad. Each volume draws on experts in each of the geographies in question. The global nature of the jihad is too often taken for granted; yet the extent of the glocal connections deserve focused investigation. Without such inquiry we risk a reductive understanding of the global jihad, further fostering Orientalist and Eurocentric attitudes towards local conflicts and remote violence in the periphery. This book will therefore draw attention to those who overlook and undermine the distinct and rich particularities of the often-contradictory and cosmopolitan global jihad. In many of the peripheries, particularly those with intensive large-scale insurgencies, there is extensive international military alliance. The Bush doctrine to 'fight them over there, so we don't have to fight them over here' certainly looks to be alive and well in places like Somalia, the Philippines and Niger amongst many others. Crucially we must ask - is such reasoning sound – is the threat global and if so in what way? Furthermore - is action in the peripheries under the guise of combating the global jihad overlooking the local issues and threatening to make a wider threat where it was otherwise contained? Diagnosing nations or regions as 'breeding grounds' or 'sanctuaries' of global jihad carries the spectre of having to chose sides in a battle of civilisations, which looms over a number of developing nations reliant on good western relations.