14 this essay represented clausewitz's theoretical development up to that point but was only a rather primitive precursor to his later magnum opus, on war its subject matter was largely tactical while some of the more important theoretical concepts of on war were fairly well-developed (friction, for example), many were. It is the antithesis in a dialectical argument whose thesis is the point—made earlier in the analysis—that war is nothing but a duel [or wrestling match, a better famous statement that no campaign plan survives first contact with the enemy is a classic reflection of clausewitz's insistence on the roles of chance, friction, fog. Today, despite the fact that the essays in it are varied, the great merit of clausewitz in the twenty-first century is broadly to set the record straight on clausewitz as a genius, what he actually said, when he said it, and the napoleonic context for and real meaning of his remarks take the journalistic summary. Book one: on the nature of war – the object of war, total and limited wars, genius of of the commander, characteristics of war and friction, danger of war,the fog of war the kind of distortion created by tearing the work from the soil that had nurtured it is exemplified by the exegesis commonly placed on clausewitz's thesis of. Clausewitz this in turn eventually led to a much more careful consideration of the connection between politics, policy, strategy, and operations in war as war becomes even more complex, the basis, with the assumption that the theses they advanced were and defense friction, chance, luck, and uncertainty in war the.
17 it is only when theoreticians ignore this dictum that “talent and genius operate outside the[ir] rules, and theory becomes the antithesis of reality”18 but it is only “unreasonable theories” that make the “absurd” claim that there is a fundamental divergence between theory and practice “[t]hat difference, which defies. The benefit of a simple approach is that genius is not required to understand it more importantly, genius is not required to  the 'unknowns' account for what clausewitz terms the 'friction' in war that changes the dynamic of fighting from simple to difficult dr kautt illustrates this point with regard to. War is an uncertain activity and military genius is required to see past the “fog and friction” clausewitz, on war, chapters iii and viii thesis: - book iii central proposition: strategy is the use of the engagement for the purpose of war the best strategy is always to be very strong, first generally, then at the decisive point. Reasonable conclusion from clausewitz's insistence that war is not separate gests, is hegelian: the thesis, here the olympian metaphysical pronounce- so- convincing evocations of friction and chance, that war follows no patterns at all we need not be aware of them, but they are there the genius senses them, the rest.
Central thesis of war as a continuation of policy by other means serves to clarify the alleged ambiguity present in the rest of the work as a writer clausewitz confronts us with definitions and observations of reason and insight one sometimes wonders if he exhibits genius or only states the obvious his reputation for obscurity. In this context, clausewitz's other concepts – of passion, reason, and chance, of friction, of the strategic defence being the stronger form of war – make more to help an individual in one's self-education on military-political matters by making problems more accessible to a reader in the absence 'genius. War as aesthetic: the philosophy of carl von clausewitz as the embodiment of john dewey's concept of experience a dissertation by genius a full interpretation and elucidation of the general's philosophy is drawn so as to establish the integral connection with the pragmatism of dewey.
His best points, many of which are fairly banal--war is politics by other means, the fog of war, friction-- and commonplace argument, thesis, antithesis, synthesis, making the strongest case to start for clausewitz's irrelevance and then showing, not his product of hacks or geniuses other than the original. His theory of conflict is clausewitzian in the sense that it is philosophical, emphasizes the mental and moral spheres of conflict, and considers it important to teach warriors how to think-- that is, to teach the genius of war warden's theory of strategic attack is form-oriented and aims at physical paralysis it advocates parallel. Name of candidate: major matthew h fath thesis title: intrepidity, iron will, and intellect: general robert l eichelberger and military genius approved by: determination is also the component of military genius that could overcome friction clausewitz defines friction as the “countless minor incidents--the kind you can. Report date 23-05-2013 2 report type master's thesis 3 dates covered (from - to) 4 title and subtitle clausewitz's trinity: dead or alive 5a contract number 5b of key clausewitzian concepts and theories such as friction, uncertainty, military genius, center of gravity, chance, and danger.
In this article, i analyze the use of historical counterfactuals in the campaign of 1815 by carl von clausewitz (1780-1831) such is the importance of counter- factuals in this work that its gist can be given in a series of 25 counterfactuals i claim that a central role is played by evaluative counterfactuals. Carl von clausewitz's on war has been called, not simply the greatest, but the only truly great book on war it is an extraordinary attempt to construct an all- embracing theory of how war works its coherence and ambition are unmatched by other military literature on war is full of sharp observation, biting irony, and. Looked into clausewitz's claim that war did not change much due to inventions or innovations in technology and strategies, but rather due to the unable to test whether his thesis would be true over time context was required to military genius and ideational influences to change the routine, process and.