1 The Aporias of Carl Schmitt 12
2 Walter Benjamin: Divine Violence? 46
3 Hannah Arendt: On Power and Violence 78
4 Frantz Fanon’s Critique of Violence 105
5 Jan Assmann: The Mosaic Distinction and Religious Violence 128
6 Reflections on NonViolence and Violence 159
Name Index 217
Subject Index 222
"A major contribution to the seemingly intractable question of violence and nonviolence by one of the greatest philosophers of our time. I cannot recommend it highly enough."
"No one can converse with thinkers of the past or present like Richard J. Bernstein does. In the brilliant and timely hermeneutic exercise of this book, he provides us with new ways to understand the phenomenon of violence and its dialectical relation to public power and freedom."
Rainer Forst, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
- A major new book by a leading American philosopher.
- Focuses on the nature and meaning of violence today Ð whether in the form of terrorism and suicide bombers or in the form of violence on our television screens or violent movies.
- Develops an analysis of violence through a re-interpretation of the work of five key figures: Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, Frantz Fanon and Jan Assmann.
- Argues that there are compelling reasons why we should commit ourselves to non-violence.
- This book will appeal to students and academics in philosophy, politics and related subjects.