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The Problem of Subject in Cyber-War


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Vejić, Maja. (2018). The Problem of Subject in Cyber-War. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Philosophy. [mentor Sunajko, Goran].

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The question of subjectivity is one of the elementary questions in the history of philosophy. The goal of this paper is to once again question the term subject, especially concerning the problem of subjectivity in the cybersphere and cyber-war. The first part analyses the development of the idea of subjectivity in the history of philosophy, from Plato and Aristotle, through Descartes, Hobbes and Kant, over to Husserl and Jonas. Some key aspects of the subjectivity theories, ideas of sovereignty and some ethical dilemmas necessary for thinking about subject are discussed in this part. The second part focuses on the ways the individual exists in the cyber-sphere, and the possibility of existing online, in the context of the earlier discussion about subjectivity, the possibility of separating the subject of the real world from the subject in the cyber-sphere, both in private and legal sense, and the phenomenon of more and more intense attempts of deleting the subject from the cyber-sphere. The third part finalizes the problem with the discussion about wartime cyber-operations, attempting to redefine the main war terminology, locating the key points of responsibility in cyber warfare and furthermore questioning the idea of the civilians as a part of the discussion about the subject. The final chapter, “The trial of subject”, aims to bring the previous three parts together and once more point out the importance of a continuous discussion about the subjectivity in the modern day and circumstances.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Subject, subjectivity, ethics, cyber-sphere, cyber-war, sovereignty, responsibility, civilian, cyberoperations.
Subjects: Philosophy
Departments: Department of Philosophy
Supervisor: Sunajko, Goran
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 14:35
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 14:35

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