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By Michael Heyd

Be Sober and moderate offers with the theological and clinical critique of "enthusiasm" within the 17th and early eighteenth centuries, and with the connection among enthusiasm and the recent average philosophy in that interval. "Enthusiasm" at the moment was once a label ascribed to varied members and teams who claimed to have direct divine concept -- prophets, millenarists, alchemists, yet additionally experimental philosophers, or even philosophers like Descartes. The ebook makes an attempt to mix the views of highbrow heritage, Church historical past, historical past of medication, and historical past of technology, in analysing a few of the reactions to enthusiasm. The important thesis of the booklet is that the response to enthusiasm, particularly within the Protestant global, could provide one very important key to the origins of the Enlightenment, and to the techniques of secularization of ecu recognition.

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In recent years wars have seemed characterised by endless streams of wretched refugees, fleeing violence or mayhem or starvation… (cited in Allen, 1999: 24). This pattern of violence is confirmed by the available statistics on new wars. In the beginning of the twentieth century the ratio of military to civilian casualties in wars was 8:1. 2 Atrocities against non-combatants, sieges, destruction of historic monuments, and so on, were prohibited according to the classical rules of warfare and were codified in the laws of war by The Hague conventions of 1899 and 1907.

And nowadays it is approached with a Cold War framework, which may be inadequate or even irrelevant to understanding and responding to new wars (Snow, 1996: x). The features of these new wars are not entirely new phenomena. Descriptions of extreme violence abound, mass population displacement is nothing new, the practice of using local semi-independent militia is widespread, and identity politics has always 30 Media, Wars and Politics been central to war. Examples of the above date back to the Russian, Spanish and Chinese Civil Wars (Snow, 1996: 145; Kalyvas, 2001: 115).

Media and War 11 Nonetheless, there seems to be a consensus emerging in the academic community, that the ability of global real-time media to set policy agendas has been overstated. There are claims that ‘foreign policy decision-making has become epiphenomenal to news decision-making’ suggesting that by being selective and arbitrary in their coverage of conflicts the media in a way ‘create’ a conflict when they decide to recognise it (Livingston and Eachus, 1995: 415). 5 The presence of graphic television images from a crisis zone demands that policy-makers respond to this particular issue, which is ‘in the public eye’, rather than others, which may be equally or even more serious.

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