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Глобальный суверенитет и моральная деградация войны

Вопросы философии. 2020. № 2. С. 14-25.

The ongoing current transformation of war is different from the transformations
of the past not only in scope, but also in its meaning and profoundness. This
transformation is comparable only to the profound transformation, which was
taking place at the dawn of Modernity and led to the emergence of the sovereign
states. The contemporary transformation is triggered by the tectonic shift
in the forms of political sovereignty, the emergence of the global sovereign
authority. The most important change, related to this transformation is the
change in the moral content and meaning of war. The author of this article provides
ethical description and evaluation of this change. This goal is accomplished
through the normative characteristic of motives, means, goals and meanings
of war. The ethical analysis of the major characteristics of war makes it
possible to claim that the ongoing moral degradation of war is taking place. This
degradation derives not only from the predominantly unreasonable motives of
the contemporary war, the lack of proper honor and courage, but also from the
very impossibility of victory in the proper sense of the term in the new war. War
becomes absolute and permanent. We need some new conceptual tools to grasp
the new moral reality of war, since the dominant just war theory is hardly of any
use in this regard.