Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker: Major Texts on Politics and by Ulrich Bartosch

By Ulrich Bartosch

This publication bargains a set of texts through Carl Friedrich von Weizsaecker (1912-2007), an immense German common scientist who was once additionally a pioneer in physics, philosophy, faith on problems with politics and peace study. He labored with Werner Heisenberg and Otto Hahn within the German “Uranverein”, received a patent for plutonium in the course of international warfare II and was once an opponent of the nuclear armament of the German military (1957). moreover, he released a learn at the lack of ability to guard Germany (1971) that used to be instrumental within the debate on protective security because the mid Seventies. He wrote on warfare and peace, peace and fact, coverage implications of nuclear strength, on moral problems with smooth procedure, on effects of struggle and battle prevention and at the thought of strength. He coined the time period “world household coverage” which nonetheless covers a legitimate conception for political, institutional secured international peace within the atomic age.

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Each individual technical apparatus is determined by a purpose; it is designed so that the working together of all its parts serves just this purpose. No appliance is an end in itself. A technical civilization whose components mutually hamper, endanger and destroy one another is technically immature. A technology that acts as an end in itself is, on the whole, on a lower developmental rung than its individual apparatuses; it is still untechnical as a whole.

The traffic authorities would never issue a permit to a new automobile model that although relatively safe, warranted only that in case of an accident, in five out of six cases the passengers alone would be hurt and in one out of six cases the whole city would be engulfed in flames. In fact, the threat of limited nuclear deployment is not an immanent military necessity. ’4 The objection that any weapon could be used offensively just as well as defensively can only be raised in ignorance of the 3 G.

One should therefore ask whether greater missions could not be transferred over to the United Nations, whether someday it could not perhaps even be granted sole authority over atomic weapons. This, too, is perhaps another unworldly proposal. If it is, then a final comment is the more inevitable, namely, that freedom has been defended or won other than by weapons. My feeling is that the greatest figure in the political history of our century thus far is Gandhi. Please take a look at his life, it is worth the effort.

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