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Targets of Opportunity: On the Militarization of Thinking

Samuel Weber


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 Relig ... More

Keywords: Saddam Hussein, Iraq, targeting, skopos, Odysseus, Carl Schmitt, Roman Catholicism and Political Form, Freud, Network Centered Warfare, Walter Benjamin

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780823224753
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823224753.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Weber, author