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Violence, Victims, Justifications

Philosophical Approaches

Felix Ó Murchadha

Violence is a central issue of contemporary society at all levels, affecting human relationships from the most intimate to the most impersonal. But what is violence? Is violence justifiable? What relevance does the fate of the victim of violence have to such questions? To address these and similar questions, this volume brings together thinkers from a wide range of philosophical backgrounds who employ a rich variety of methods, ranging from the strictly analytic to the postmodern. They explore issues such as responsibility, provocation, violation, cruelty, self-determination and deception in attempting to understand violence in relation both to the suffering of its victims and the justifications offered by its perpetrators and their supporters. In exploring these issues the essays collected in this volume explore terrorism, rape, genocide and state-sponsored violence.
Contents: Felix Ó Murchadha: Introduction: Violence, Discourse and Human Interdependence – Ted Honderich: Terrorism for Humanity – Bill Starr: Can there be Moral Justifications for State Violence? The Case of America – Bernhard Waldenfels: Violence as Violation – Vittorio Bufacchi: Violence by Omission – Eve Garrard: Violence, Cruelty and Evil – Burkhard Liebsch: Freedom versus Responsibility? Between Ethical Indifference and Ethical Violence – Diane Enns: At the Limit: Violence, Belonging and Self-Determination – Talia Mae Bettcher: Appearance, Reality, and Gender Deception: Reflections on Transphobic Violence and the Politics of Pretence – Felix Ó Murchadha: On Provocation: Violence as Response – Felix Ó Murchadha: Afterword.