Carl von Clausewitz, painting by Karl Wilhelm Wach. Perhaps the greatest and most influential work in the philosophy of war is On War by Carl von Clausewitz. It combines observations on strategy with questions about human nature and the purpose of war. Clausewitz especially examines the teleology of war:
Peter Mahoney, the CSH director of clinical services chief doctor at Camp Bastion, also is an anesthesiologist and a friend and was one of the primary reasons a U. Army officer was invited to work in a British CSH. Peter and I spent numerous evenings chatting about the many revolutionary aspects of military anesthesia that had positively impacted casualty care in the present conflicts.
Both Peter and I were acutely aware that this rate of survival was a historic success and that our role as anesthesiologists on the CSH medical and surgical team was providing a critical component to this success.
We also understood that many of the anesthetic innovations that had developed out of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq could not be found in available textbooks.
We both felt it would be an unpardonable tragedy to not organize our many anesthesia colleagues, both British and American, in an effort to record the many lessons learned from the present conflicts and provide a starting point for future anesthesia providers in the next war.
Our fear if we did not embark on this project was that we would doom our military anesthesia posterity to repeating painful errors that would be measured in unnecessary suffering and possibly lives lost.
Therefore, Peter and I agreed to serve as co-editors for a new military anesthesia textbook through the Borden Institute http: The First 24 Hours. Peter and I certainly did not expect the project to take five years when we discussed the idea in a tent in Afghanistan.
Anyone with experience editing a medical textbook understands the need for accuracy and, if you throw in the British and American nuances of the English language the United Kingdom and United States are truly two countries separated by a common languagefive years begins to seem reasonable.
I feel justifiably proud of this effort, something tangibly positive out of the harsh realities of armed conflict. Medical knowledge is expanding at an exponential rate today, with some estimates suggesting a doubling of medical knowledge every five to seven years.
As vital as this textbook is for resetting the standards of combat anesthetic care, the information in this text will likely be obsolete in less a decade. Fact is, Peter and I have created an outline for providing anesthetic care in the present conflicts and, while that is an excellent starting point, I can state with confidence that anesthesia for the next war will be startlingly different from our established standards.
All providers in federal medicine can be pleased with our performance during the past 13 years of conflict, but we cannot rest on these laurels. One need only view the nightly news to understand that the world continues to be a fractured and dangerous place.
Sadly, I believe that the demands on our military to protect our national interests around the world will only increase in the face of radicalized religions, geopolitical consequences of global warming, natural disasters and competition for nonrenewable energy resources.
What stability exists on our planet to solve these complex problems often rests on the backs of our U.
After 13 years of conflict, I am convinced that one of the key factors that have contributed to the success of our military in protecting U. Our servicemembers know they are backed up by an incredible medical system when they enter into combat.
Federal medicine is a force multiplier. That said, all rational people understand that the peace we enjoy and the world stability we crave depends on our military preparations to ensure success when war is unavoidable.
We cannot relax as the current conflicts wind down; rather, we need to leverage the military medical experience gained into the medical advances happening daily to prepare our medical response for the next war. While I cannot predict where or what the next war will be like, I am confident it will look nothing like the past 13 years of conflict.
We must ensure that we motivate ourselves and our students to apply the lessons of the present but be aggressive in inculcating the new medical knowledge being developed at an ever-increasing pace. Perhaps this military medical preparation, as George Washington suggested, will help deter future conflict but if recent history is any guide, likely not.Anti-War Elements in Joseph Heller’s "Catch" - Critics often refer to Joseph Heller’s Catch as an anti-war novel.
At its core, the novel has a disparaging view of war. The philosophy of war is the area of philosophy devoted to examining issues such as the causes of war, Clausewitz especially examines the teleology of war: whether war is a means to an end outside itself or whether it can be an end in Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace contains frequent philosophical digressions on the philosophy of.
"A Separate Peace": Chapters Ms.
Tortorete A Separate Piece by John Knowles and also wonders if the faculty isn't using the fake war to get the students to work harder. What shocking thing happens in Chapter 9? Some think that the title is an allusion to a phrase the protagonist uses in Hemingway's novel about a man who deserts the.
- Lack of Meaning in Catch 22 Most of what we say has no meaning. This idea is supported on every page of Joseph Heller’s Catch Almost every scene in the novel contains dialogue where the people speak aimlessly and have no explanation for why they are talking.
There’s a quote by Joseph Heller (from his novel, “Catch 22”) that I think applies here: “The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he .
Through analysis of the military bureaucracies portrayed in post-World War II novels by William Faulkner (A Fable) and Joseph Heller (Catch), Dawes argues that "Organizations are, in essence, a speech act, or rather, a complex layering of speech acts that have become a social fact" (, ).
As Dawes illustrates, insofar as organizational.