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War in Social Thought: Hobbes to the Present

Hans Joas and Wolfgang Knöbl


This book provides a sweeping critical history of social theories about war and peace from Thomas Hobbes to the present. It presents both a broad intellectual history and an original argument as it traces the development of thinking about war over more than 350 years—from the premodern era to the period of German idealism and the Scottish and French enlightenments, and then from the birth of sociology in the nineteenth century through the twentieth century. While focusing on social thought, the book draws on many disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, and political science. It demons ... More

Keywords: war, peace, social theory, sociology, social thought, social progress, violence, Thomas Hobbes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691150840
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691150840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hans Joas, author

Wolfgang Knöbl, author