Essay on Carl von Clausewitz

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Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz was born June 1, 1780 in Burg bei Magdeburg, Prussia. Drawing from influences such as his professor of theology grandfather as well as philosopher Immanuel Kant, Clausewitz is regarded as a very experienced military strategist and the father of war philosophy. Due to my Army ROTC commitment and future career path, I chose him to suit my interests and aspirations. He grew up as the youngest son of a middle class family and became a cadet in the Prussian military service in his early teens. Eventually, holding positions such as staff officer with political and military responsibilities, he rose through the ranks and attained Major General and married into a high class family. During one of his tours as a …show more content…
Throughout history wars have been fought for a myriad of different reasons such as religion, politics, land disputes, economics, and to defeat tyrannical leaders who have committed atrocities against mankind. Very few men have ventured to explain the philosophical side to what is considered commonplace in today’s militaries. Clausewitz firmly believed that war belongs more to the realm of philosophy rather than the realms of art or science. He eventually developed his own form of analysis which he referred to as Kritik in which he would gather facts, find where each effect would lead to each cause, and evaluate each relationship. His theory somewhat resembles the scientific method, where one would propose a hypothesis and prove it either true or false empirically. Clausewitz gains much experience with his form due to his widespread first hand combat opportunities he utilized to also extract tactics and strategy from historical battles and wars in which he has participated. Anatol Rapaport, an Englishman who aided in editing the original English translation which was originally translated by J.J. Graham in 1873, offers insight on true war philosophy in his introduction to On War. He describes three distinct and noticeable schools of thought which are accepted today; Cataclysmic, Eschatological,

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