13th out of 59 books — 18 voters
On Violence: A Reader
This anthology brings together classic perspectives on violence, putting into productive conversation the thought of well-known theorists and activists, including Hannah Arendt, Karl Marx, G. W. F. Hegel, Osama bin Laden, Sigmund Freud, Frantz Fanon, Thomas Hobbes, and Pierre Bourdieu. The volume proceeds from the editors’ contention that violence is always historically co...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published December 6th 2007 by Duke University Press Books
(first published November 15th 2007)
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The only other reviewer tragically misses the mark and needs to mature his thinking. This is an invaluable text and we should not expect some kind of paternal editorial voice to guide us neatly from one "conclusion" to the next. When in 2012 you pick up a book on violence containing passages by hegel, engels, bin laden, hitler, malcolm x, ghandi, fanon, gramsci, james c. scott, bourdieu, freud, walter benjamin etc... you are meant to understand that you are holding in your hand a lifetime educat...more
Given the diversity of this anthology, one cannot agree or disagree with the thesis, which seems to be merely to present a dialogue between very divergent philosophies: essays by everyone from Hitler to Ghandi are collected here. I had hoped for more editorial input, as the reader is left to process some very dense texts and moderate the extremely complex internal dialogue that arises from the juxtaposition of such diverse monologues.