Intends to pursue the problem of whether violence could be understood to be constitutive of its own sense or meaning, as opposed to merely instrumental. This book considers the central figures that include Clausewitz, Schmitt, Arendt, Sartre, Junger, Heidegger, and Patocka in pursuit of the clarification of the problems of violence.
In this timely study, Dodd's chief purpose is to wrest from the phenomenological tradition - a more robust and developed philosophical reflection on the problems of violence. Relying upon the work of Arendt, Sartre, Heidegger, and others, Dodd attempts to answer the question of whether we have become the dupes of violence. His thesis is that if a philosophical engagement with the problem of war is meaningful at all, then this is only because such an engagement is part of a broader reflection on the possibility of philosophy itself.
Acknowledgments Introduction: Reflections on Violence Chapter One: Schmitt's Challenge (Clausewitz, Schmitt) Chapter Two: On Violence (Arendt, Sartre) Chapter Three: On the Line (Junger, Heidegger) Chapter Four: Violence and Responsibility (Patocka) Conclusion: Six Problems of Violence Notes Bibliography Index