Journal of Military Ethics 9 (4):289-298 (2010)

This article, an introduction to a special issue of the Journal of Military Ethics devoted to emerging military technologies, elaborates the present status of certain predictions about the future of warfare and combat made by postmodern essayist, Umberto Eco, during the First Gulf War in 1991. The development of military robotics, innovations in nanotechnology, prospects for the biological, psychological, and neurological ?enhancement? of combatants themselves, combined with the increasing use of nonlethal weapons and the advent of cyber warfare, have operationalized the diffuse, decentralized, ?neoconnectionist? vision of warfare in the post-Clausewitzian, postmodern world that Eco first prophesied. On the one hand, such technologies threaten to make war ever more ubiquitous as the path of least resistance, rather than the option of last resort, for the resolution of political conflict. On the other hand, these same technologies offer prospects for lessening the indiscriminate destructive power of war, and enhance prospects for the evolution from state-centered conventional war, to discriminate law enforcement undertaken by international coalitions of peacekeeping forces
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/15027570.2010.536399
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 56,016
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Killer Robots.Robert Sparrow - 2007 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 24 (1):62–77.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Is Stuxnet Physical? Does It Matter?Ryan Jenkins - 2013 - Journal of Military Ethics 12 (1):68-79.
Industrial Challenges of Military Robotics.George R. Lucas - 2011 - Journal of Military Ethics 10 (4):274-295.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Ethical Blowback From Emerging Technologies.Patrick Lin - 2010 - Journal of Military Ethics 9 (4):313-331.
Information Warfare: A Response to Taddeo.Tim Stevens - 2013 - Philosophy and Technology 26 (2):221-225.
The Just War Theory and the Ethical Governance of Research.Ineke Malsch - 2013 - Science and Engineering Ethics 19 (2):461-486.
Singularity Warfare: A Bibliometric Survey of Militarized Transhumanism.Woody Evans - 2007 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 16 (1):161-65.
Swarms Are Hell: Warfare as an Anti-Transhuman Choice.Woody Evans - 2013 - Journal of Evolution and Technology 23 (1):56-60.
Beyond the 'Postmodern University'.Claire Donovan - 2013 - The European Legacy 18 (1):24-41.
Making Sense of Postmodern Business Ethics.Andrew Gustafson - 2000 - Business Ethics Quarterly 10 (3):645-658.


Added to PP index

Total views
18 ( #558,610 of 2,403,593 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #256,265 of 2,403,593 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes