Drone Enlightenment: The Colonial Roots of Remote Warfare (Paperback)

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Drone warfare raises far-reaching questions about responsibility, war, and sovereignty. Who can be held accountable for drone strikes? Do drones conduct wars of national territories and sovereign boundaries? What does the occupation of a land or people look like if there are no boots on the ground? Focusing specifically on the United States' use of killer drones during the War on Terror, Drone Enlightenment argues that this kind of warfare has its intellectual, ideological, and practical roots in the way the Enlightenment imagined moral agency, occupation, race, and sovereignty. As a consequence of seeing drone warfare as a creature of the Enlightenment, and through innovative readings of Hobbes, Locke, Grotius, Pufendorf, Barbeyrac, and Swift, the book also reevaluates the Enlightenment itself.

About the Author

Peter DeGabriele is Associate Professor of English at Mississippi State University and the author of Sovereign Power and the Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Literature and the Problem of the Political.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780813949543
ISBN-10: 0813949548
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication Date: May 10th, 2023
Pages: 174
Language: English