An Abstract Approach. Rational Non-Sense To Replace Historical Nonsense in Educating Leaders

Mika Kerttunen 1
  • 1 Lieutenant Colonel (G.S.), Adjunct Professor, National Defence University, Helsinki, Finland


This research questions the value of empiricism and historical case studies in higher level officer education. It will instead emphasize the need and importance of a rationalist approach to knowledge. It will outline a tentative example of an abstract approach to case studies. By doing this the author seeks to enhance the education of abstract thinking - an art that is required from joint level and general staff officers.

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