Accession Number : ADA330016

Title :   The Links Between Science and Philosophy and Military Theory: Understanding the Past; Implications for the Future

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIRPOWER STUDIES

Personal Author(s) : Pellegrini, Robert P.

PDF Url : ADA330016

Report Date : JUN 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 105

Abstract : This study examines the links between science, philosophy and military theory. The author presents two case studies to demonstrate the links between these disciplines. After presenting an overview on the rise of Newtonian science, he examines how the key frameworks and concepts of that science became interwoven into western civilization to affect its philosophy with an emphasis on its interpretation by the German Romanticist philosopher, Immanuel Kant. He then shows how Newtonian science and Kant's philosophy affected the military theory of Carl von Clausewitz. His second case study concerns the theory and philosophy of evolution developed by British philosopher Herbert Spencer and its influence on the military theory of J.F.C. Fuller. The author then compares these two case studies to find commonalities between them that suggest a mechanism which explains how and why scientific theory and their philosophical interpretations eventually influence military theory. The author then uses this mechanism as a tool with which new sciences such as quantum mechanics, relativity, and complexity theory can be evaluated to see if and in what manner they will affect future military theories.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY HISTORY, *PHILOSOPHY, *MILITARY ART, THESES, CASE STUDIES, EVOLUTION(GENERAL), SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE, SCIENTISTS.

Subject Categories : Humanities and History

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE