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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.
The Editor: Felix Ó Murchadha is Lecturer in Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a specialist in contemporary German and French philosophy. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from the National University of Ireland and a doctorate from the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany.