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The Least of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence from Arendt to Gaza

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The principle of the “lesser evil”—the acceptability of pursuing one exceptional course of action in order to prevent a greater injustice—has long been a cornerstone of Western ethical philosophy. From its roots in classical ethics and Christian theology, to Hannah Arendt’s exploration of the work of the Jewish Councils during the Nazi regime, Weizman explores its developm ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Verso (first published January 1st 2012)
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Steve
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
An odd, muddled book that has a great point about institutional capture buried in its dense musings.

Weizman details how the best of intentions of humanitarian work can be utilized and become essential to the execution of cruel acts. Weizman lays out the origins of the debate and situates it, as many of these discussions end up, in Hannah Arendt's thought. He lays out her argument that complete resistance is better than mitigating harm within the oppressive system because then that oppressive sys
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hami
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I recommend it to everyone. Eyal Weizman's continued his research on the issues of human rights and Forensic Architecture in occupied Palestine after the conflict of 2008-2009. This book can be a continuation of his last work: "Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation" ...more
Sarah
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Among the most fascinating and disturbing books I have ever read. My Kindle edition now has a handful of notes that are simply swear words, but few books have made me think as much.
Sean
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The geospatial analysis of the masterful Hollow Land is extended here to address the forms of political violence which paradoxically arise from the very attempt to minimize and abate violence under the guise of a neutral humanitarian project.

Weizman demonstrates how the jurisprudence of modern state violence rests on a inverted utilitarian logic seeking not the "greater good" but the "lesser evil", thus delimiting a sphere of permissible violence below the threshold of a "greatest evil" (the me
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Obeida Takriti
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
قراءة فلسفية وتساؤلات كثيرة عن تلك المصطلحات التي نعتبرها مسلمة كالحرب، السلام، التدخل الدولي، وغيرها مما يسيطر على لغة العلاقات الدولية..
كتاب أساسي لفهم المشاكل الحقيقة التي نواجهها بدل الغرق في لغة أولئك الذين يسيطرون على العالم باللغة قبل السلاح..
Stan Fleetwood
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Sub title: "A short history of humanitarian violence".
Not a "history", but certainly "short".
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Deborah
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating chapter on forensics
ART
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Speaks to much of what ails contemporary politics (or rather lack thereof) throughout the world. Exposes the Panglossian side of "just war theory" and the dangers of "665" thinking. A must read (especially for Americans) in an era of lesser evilism. ...more
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Eyal Weizman is an architect, professor of spatial and visual cultures and director of the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London. Since 2014 he is a global professor at Princeton University. In 2010 he set up the research agency Forensic Architecture (FA). The work of FA is documented in the exhibition and book FORENSIS (Sternberg, 2014). In 2007 he set up, with Sand ...more

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