By Alexander Moseley

Moseley considers conflict from all angles: Christian, Marxist, Platonic, behavioralist, financial, mental, and organic; he concludes that market-based societies are likely to foster cooperation greater than wrestle. ?

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9 “Primitive war” is a term that should only be used for pre-historical studies, for this kind of warfare belongs to humanity’s distant ancestors, those who were slowly emerging from a purely animalistic state. Nonetheless, overlapping between types must be admitted — indeed, it is crucial if we are to understand war’s complexity. That is, animal warfare should be seen as dovetailing into primitive human warfare alongside the evolving complexity of the human mind and cultural interaction. Similarly, some of the higher primates may exhibit learned modes of behavior similar to those of younger humans, or to the more primitive ancestors of Homo sapiens sapiens.

Clarke’s 2001 when a hominid picks up a tool to be used for killing. Ehrenreich, Blood Rites. 103 Liddell Hart, Thoughts on War. Dawson, Origins of Western Warfare. ). 36 His theory suggests a historicist reading of human development that echoes the Hegelian projects of presuming to discern patterns and epochs in history that man must go through or which man’s maturation as a species is judged by but also implies that the previous forms were shed by such developments which I am arguing that they are not.

A note should be made here on relating the definition to morality: that concepts relating to human nature and actions are contextual is not to imply that moral judgements are relativistic, which would entail, for example, that waging a particular war in one era is morally justifiable yet in another era morally unjustifiable. What is implied is that the particular meaning of a concept may differ over some time and place — this still allows the production of a universalist morality concerning war.

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