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Antulio J. Echevarria II

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231911

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231911.001.0001

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Validating Concepts and Principles

Validating Concepts and Principles

(p.37) 2 Validating Concepts and Principles
Clausewitz and Contemporary War

Antulio J. Echevarria II

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the method Clausewitz used in writing On War. Scholars have paid too little attention to his method in the past, and this oversight has contributed to the many misunderstandings of his work. Clausewitz first tested a concept from a purely logical standpoint, then from a material or practical perspective, and then evaluated or assessed the concept, placing it within an accepted hierarchy of other known concepts if it passed the first two tests.

Keywords:   On War, pure logic, practical logic, concept validation

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