The canonical theories of war see war as either the opposite to, or a continuation of, civil society. From Freud on, however, war has been seen as a site of ambivalence or doubleness. By deconstructing the oppositions on which any definition of war would seem to depend—between war and peace, and friend and enemy—Jacques Derrida shows how war and its putative opposites (democracy and human rights, for example) both incite and anathematise one another simultaneously. This paper argues that it is by way of this kind of deconstructive logic that we can best understand our present global situation, in which wars are fought on behalf of democracy and human rights, while they threaten democracy and human rights, and are resisted in the name of democracy and human rights.
|Title of host publication||War fronts|
|Subtitle of host publication||interdisciplinary perspectives on war, virtual war and human security|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
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