A metaphysical character of war in the conceptions of E. Junger and J. Patocka

Iryna Sidorenko


The paper presents a reconstruction of the «metaphysics of war» by involving the conception of a total mobilization by E.Junger and an existential-phenomenological philosophy by J. Patocka. The author claims that the modern «non-traditional» war embodies not the true unity of nations by Junger, or а solidarity experience by Patocka, but the policy of a militarized humanity, which leads to an escalation of violence.


War; metaphysical nature of war; total mobilization; Experience of solidarity; violence


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