War as the Autoimmune Disease of Humanity: Perspectives on a Theoretical Proposal

David Tibor Teszár

Global Politics Review
Vol. 2, No. 1 (April 2016): 11-19.
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1238547
GPR ID: 2464-9929_v02_i01_p11
Published: 28 April 2016

Abstract:  In this essay two seemingly distant domains are linked together: a particular issue in international security (warfare) and a group of diseases that are related to the abnormal functioning of the human immune system (autoimmune disorders). First an analogy is introduced between the individual and the collective human body (i.e. humanity) by elaborating basic definitions in both fields of study (war – peace, health – disease) through etymological research, and correspondences are drawn between particular forms of warfare and specific autoimmune diseases. The second half of the paper touches upon existing theories on the causes of war within the two bodies and aims to offer a potential cure for the autoimmune disease of humanity.

Keywords: International Security, War, Theory of War, Immunology, Autoimmune Diseases.

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