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Философия войны: краткий очерк истории

Логос. 2019. Т. 29. № 3. С. 99-116.

The article provides a brief overview of the history of understanding of war in European thought. Transformation of the perception of war as a socio-political phenomenon is traced in chronological order. Author focuses on the assessments of war from the standpoint of ethics and political theory. It is observed in the text how key questions that allow to give a moral assessment of war were raised in ancient philosophy. The duality of the attitude to war was fixed in the works of Plato and Aristotle. Assessment of war depended on the extent to which the conflict corresponds to natural justice. Later, in the works of Christian authors, the basis of this dichotomy rested on the idea of God as a source of justice. The paradigm of punitive war became the core of the Christian doctrine of just war. In modern history, the process of secularization of the philosophical perception of war had begun. Theological consideration of armed conflicts was replaced by legal one. The article considers the influence that Grotius and his followers had on the process of replacing the punitive paradigm of just war with the legalist paradigm. It is noted also that renunciation of war and search of perpetual peace appeared to be a popular genre in 18th century. Kant was given as an example on that matter. Further, the author refers to the legacy of Clausewitz in order to determine the main features of modern period views on war as a practice strictly assigned to the state. The article concludes with a comparative review of approaches to the evaluation of war by political realists and contemporary just war theorists.