A Philosophical Anthology
In this first anthology of major philosophical contributions on the nature and justifiability of violence over the last 100 years , three basic questions are scrutinized: 'What is violence?', 'Is violence always wrong?', and 'Can violence be justified?'.
Violence holds considerable philosophical interest, especially today, and yet this concept has not been given sufficient attention by contemporary philosophers. This is the first anthology of philosophical essays on the nature and justifiability of violence. The essays in this volume, taken from the last 100 years, explore a range of philosophical issues pertaining to violence. Three basic questions are scrutinized: 'What is violence?', 'Is violence always wrong?', and 'Can violence be justified?'. Students and Philosophers in political and moral philosophy, but also political theorists, political scientists, and political sociologists, will find this an important and valuable contribution.
Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors Introduction; V.Bufacchi Force, Violence and Law and Force and Coercion; J.Dewey Commentary on Dewey The Economic Meaning of War and Protection; F.C.Lane Commentary on Lane Violence and the Western Political Tradition; S.S.Wolin Commentary on Wolin On Violence; R.P.Wolff Commentary on Wolff Justifying Violence; B.Gert Commentary on Gert Violence, Peace and Peace Research; J.Galtung Commentary on Galtung What is Wrong with Violence; G.C.MacCallum Commentary on MacCallum On the Meaning and Justification of Violence; R.Audi Commentary on Audi What Violence Is; N.Garver Commentary on Garver The Marxist Conception of Violence; J.Harris Commentary on Harris On Justifying Violence; K.Nielsen Commentary on Nielsen The Idea of Violence; C.A.J.Coady Commentary on Coady Violence and the Perspective of Morality; R.L.Holmes Commentary on Holmes Violence and Power; R.F.Litke Commentary on Litke The Different Categories of Violence; J.Salmi Commentary on Salmi Poverty and Violence; S.Lee Commentary on Lee Outliving Oneself; S.J.Brison Commentary on Brison Thinking Clearly about Violence; A.Back Commentary on Back Index