Hostis Humani Generis

Lawrence Liang
Graz, October 14th 2006, 14:00 - 14:30

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Abstract wars demand abstract enemies, and the Hostis Humani Generis (or the enemy against all mankind) is a title that has been bestowed on a host of figures; starting with the pirate and now the terrorist, I seek to understand the links between property, piracy and terrorism and propose that the concept of Hostis Humani Generis helps us understand the idea of war as a continuation of property by other means.

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It's nice to finally have some confirmation on the pronunciation of hostis humani generis. I always pronounced it as "host(as in most)-iss human-eye jen-air-iss." At least I wasn't too far off.

Very interesting video, clears things up for me.