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Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century$
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Hew Strachan and Andreas Herberg-Rothe

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232024.001.0001

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War as ‘Art’: Aesthetics and Politics in Clausewitz's Social Thinking

War as ‘Art’: Aesthetics and Politics in Clausewitz's Social Thinking

(p.122) 7 War as ‘Art’: Aesthetics and Politics in Clausewitz's Social Thinking
Clausewitz in the Twenty-First Century

José Fernández Vega

Oxford University Press

The concept of ‘art’ in Clausewitz's theory of war is linked to the aesthetic thought of Immanuel Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgement, of which Clausewitz had some knowledge — probably through his instructor in the war school, Kiesewetter. Beyond this historical point, the chapter also shows the productivity of ‘art’ and its fellow concept ‘judgement’ for the social understanding of war. Hannah Arendt's interpretation of Kant's third Critique is used as a guide to develop the idea of war as art in Clausewitz's theory.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, aesthetics, judgement, Hannah Arendt

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