Vol. 16 No. 2 (2023): Towards a new “aesthetics of war”? Is Polemos still father of all things?

The war behind this war

Francesco Valagussa
Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele

Published 2024-02-06


  • war,
  • Spinoza,
  • Foucault,
  • substance,
  • function

How to Cite

Valagussa, F. (2024). The war behind this war. Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 16(2), 73–80. https://doi.org/10.36253/Aisthesis-14453


This article intends to read the profound dynamics that characterise the current war in the light of certain classical philosophical categories such as the relationship established by Hegel between substance and subject, the difference between the concept of substance and the concept of function as it was discussed by Cassirer, and finally the binomial power over life and right of death reread by Foucault in a biopolitical key. In the light of these polarities, it is in fact possible to identify two opposing worldviews – on which depend two completely different ways of understanding the function of the state, the weight to be ascribed to rights, and even two different ways of conceiving and conducting war – that do not necessarily coincide with the two opposing sides in the field.


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