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Still ‘the human thing’? Technology, human agency and the future of war

Coker, Christopher (2018) Still ‘the human thing’? Technology, human agency and the future of war. International Relations, 32 (1). pp. 23-38. ISSN 0047-1178

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0047117818754640


Is war beginning to escape human control? Thucydides tells us the war is one of the things that makes us definitively human; but how long will this continue to be the case as our relationship with technology continues to develop? Kenneth Waltz’s book Man, the State and War affords one way of answering that question. So too does Nikolaas Tinbergen’s framework for understanding human behaviour and Bruno Latour’s Actor–Network Theory (ANT). The main focus of this article is the extent to which we will diminish or enhance our own agency as human beings, especially when we come to share the planet with an intelligence higher than our own.

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Additional Information: © 2018 SAGE Publications
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2018 13:36
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:08

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