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dc.contributor.advisorStolfi, R. H. S.
dc.contributor.authorSears, Todd Richard
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-16T21:24:30Z
dc.date.available2014-10-16T21:24:30Z
dc.date.issued1991-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/43543
dc.description.abstractThis thesis attempts to answer the question, Is War art of science? In doing so it draws heavily upon Thomas Kuhn's humanistic philosophy of science. If War can be separated theoretically into two distinct analytical units, preparation for war, and conduct of war, then the answer to the question becomes more accessible. The war preparation process is notably similar to the Kuhnian dynamic of scientific process, i.e., the evolution of a paradigm through inter-disciplinary criticism and rearticulation. A case study of post-WWII US nuclear strategy is offered to substantiate the claim that war preparation operates in a way that is remarkably similar to Kuhnian science. So, if war preparation is scientific, then the conduct of war, a fundamentally different activity, may be seen as artistic. This case is made by drawing heavily upon the writings of General Carl von Clausewitz, and the 18th century German idealist Immanuel Kant. The end result of the work is to posit the existence of two types of men necessary for the execution of War, those who demonstrate ability in the sublime genius of science, and those who are more suited to develop the heroic genius of battle. The question then arises as pertains to the US military educational system's ability to identify these men and intensify their development within each's specific forte.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/warsartorscience1094543543
dc.format.extent107 p.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.lcshWar (Philosophy)en_US
dc.subject.lcshMilitary art and scienceen_US
dc.titleWar as Art or Science: A Humanist Visionen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderAbenheim, Donald
dc.contributor.departmentNational Security Affairs (NSA)
dc.subject.authorStrategyen_US
dc.subject.authorWaren_US
dc.subject.authorClausewitzen_US
dc.subject.authorArten_US
dc.subject.authorScienceen_US
dc.subject.authorParadigmen_US
dc.subject.authorGeniusen_US
dc.description.serviceUS Navy (USN) authoren_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameM.A. in National Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineNational Security Affairsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
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