By Alexander Moseley
Moseley considers conflict from all angles: Christian, Marxist, Platonic, behavioralist, fiscal, mental, and organic; he concludes that market-based societies are inclined to foster cooperation greater than wrestle. ?
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What is required for peace is a combination of changes in man’s liminal and explicit thinking regarding the metaphysical status of his own choice: man is free to choose; therefore he is free to choose war. But he is also “free” to renounce his freedom1 and to offer his body to others to determine its fate. However, since much of the reason for war is generated by a thoughtless or unthinking acceptance of cultural and traditional ideas — which often denounce man’s ability to choose, peace is best secured by the dissemination of a pro-reason (critically rational) mindset and the evolution and development of the alternative culture of the market system, in which the use of physical force is renounced in favor of voluntary contracts.
Gallie’s comments can be rejected on the grounds that nothing can be gained unless an effort is made to consider what “war” is. 18 James invokes this anti-conceptualism, which is at the heart of this issue. Anti-conceptualism is trivially correct in noting, for example, that the Peloponnesian War (431-404 BC), the Zulu War (1879), the Gulf < 18 > Defining War War (1990-91), and the Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815) are different entities, just as it is valid reasoning to state that the two letter f’s in the word “different” are not the same entities.
However, perennial skirmishes between India and Pakistan (1999) have caused concern for the use of nuclear weaponry over their rival claims to the Kashmir province. Unlike other types of war, the potential nature of nuclear war practically renders obsolete any possibility of limited warfare involving discrimination of targets and proportionality. It thus has grave implications for ethical thinking on war. 31 The Russian marshal, Sokolovsky, argued that “[t]he appearance of rockets with nuclear warheads radically changed previous concepts of the nature of war”32 and that the unlimited capacity to deliver nuclear weapons creates unlimited modern warfare.