Some Philosophical Propadeutics toward a Psychology of War

  • David Bakan


Our practical concern is with preventing war. Our theoretical concern is with how war is caused. Our entry into the topic is with a strong awareness that war is caused “in the minds of men,” as a statement from UNESCO once put it. To understand how war is caused we seek to understand the human mentational processes. So our inquiry would fall under the heading of psychology; and we conceive of an area of inquiry which might be considered as “the psychology of war.”


Artificial Grouping Moral Evil Rhetorical Device Pragmatic Theory Efficient Causation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Bakan
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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