Targets of Opportunity: On the Militarization of Thinking

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Fordham Univ Press, Aug 25, 2009 - Literary Criticism - 164 pages
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The title of this book echoes a phrase used by the Washington Post to describe the American attempt to kill Saddam Hussein at the start of the war against Iraq. Its theme is the notion of targeting (skopos) as the name of an intentional structure in which the subject tries to confirm its invulnerability by aiming to destroy a target. At the center of the first chapter is Odysseus's killing of the suitors; the second concerns Carl Schmitt's Roman Catholicism and Political Form; the third and fourth treat Freud's Thoughts for the Times on War and Death and The Man Moses and Monotheistic Religion. Weber then traces the emergence of an alternative to targeting, first within military and strategic thinking itself (Network Centered Warfare), and then in Walter Benjamin's readings of Capitalism as Religion and Two Poems of Friedrich Hlderlin.

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1 A Rather Singular Strike
Carl Schmitts Roman Catholicism and Political Form
Freuds Timely Thoughts on War and Death
4 Doing Away With Freuds Man Moses
5 Networks Netwar and Narratives
6 The Net and the Carpets

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Page 17 - When (2) it is not contrary to reasonable expectation, but does not imply vice, it is a mistake (for a man makes a mistake when the fault originates in him, but is the victim of accident when the origin lies outside him). When (3) he acts with knowledge but not after deliberation, it is an act of injustice...

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Samuel Weber is Avalon Professor of Comparative Literature at Northwestern University and Director of Northwestern's Paris Program in Critical Theory. He is the author of numerous books, including The Legend of Freud, Institution and Interpretation, Mass Medianras: Form, Technics, Media, Theatricality as Medium, and Targets of Opportunity: On the Militarization of Thinking. (Fordham)

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