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States of Violence

States of Violence

An Essay on the End of War

by Frederic Gros

Hardback Publication Date: 24/09/2010

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According to political philosopher Frederic Gros, traditional notions of war and peace are currently being replaced by ideas of intervention and security. But while we may be able to speak of an end to war, this does not imply an end to violence. On the contrary, Gros argues, we are witnessing a reconfiguration of our ideas of war, resulting in new forms of violence - terrorist attacks, armed groups jockeying for territory, the use of precision missiles, and the dangerous belief that conflict can be undertaken without casualties. In "States of Violence", Gros explains how war was once conducted to defend or increase the power of a city, an empire, or a state, but today conflict is directed at the very fragility of the individual and based upon a logic of unilateral destruction inflicted upon deprived civilian populations. While war was once rationalized as justified bloodshed, these new states of violence are instead centered on the spectacle of stark, publicized civilian suffering. By charting the history of the philosophy of conflict in Western discourse, Gros offers a stimulating and timely critique of contemporary notions of war and terror.
ISBN:
9781906497187
9781906497187
Category:
Social & political philosophy
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
24-09-2010
Language:
English
Publisher:
Seagull Books London Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
312
Dimensions (mm):
194x160x36mm
Weight:
0.54kg
Frederic Gros

Frederic Gros is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Paris XII and the Institute of Political Studies, Paris. He was the Editor of the last lectures of Michel Foucault at the College de France. His previous books include A Philosophy of Walking and The Security Principle.

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