ICAR Brown Bag Lecture Explores Theories of War

Posted: March 9, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Christopher Anzalone

Richard Koenigsberg, director of the Library of Social Science in Elmhurst, N.Y., will present the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) brown bag lecture tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. in the Truland Building, Room 555, on the Arlington Campus. His lecture, “Civilization and Self-Destruction: The Psychology of War and Genocide,” will argue that war is fueled by a devotion to a “sacred ideal” and that war is a type of destruction in which feelings of love play a large role in driving forward.

Koenigsberg will delve into his thesis that the modern nation-state actually requires its soldiers to sacrifice themselves in the defense of a “sacred ideal.” He also says that the Holocaust was one example of his theory in action.

Koenigsberg earned his PhD in social psychology at the New School for Social Research and has taught at several colleges and universities, including the New York Institute of Technology, Queens College, and the City College of New York. He has served as the director of the Library of Social Science, a publishing and book marketing company, since 1975. Among his many publications are Hitler’s Ideology: A Study in Psychoanalytic Sociology and Psychoanalysis of Racism, Revolution, and Nationalism.

For more information about ICAR’s brown bag lecture series, visit the web site.

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