Critiques Of Violence

  • Fried G
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Abstract

This article surveys a variety of critiques of violence. These include: religious critiques (including Ancient Greek religion, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Confucianism, Taoism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism); philosophical critiques (including Socrates, social contract theorists, and Kant); and political critiques (including modern peace movements; workers movements; civil disobedience; critiques of technology and modern culture; feminism, environmentalism and animal rights, and indigenous peoples' movements). Topics addressed include: the nature and scope of violence; notions of just war; the extent and the limits of the various critiques; how violence affects both the individual and society; modes of action used to reduce violence, such as religious practices, civil disobedience, and political nonviolence. © 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Ahimsa
  • Civil disobedience
  • Colonialism
  • Exploitation
  • Holy war
  • Just war
  • Natural law
  • Nonviolence
  • Pacificism
  • Patriarchy
  • Peace movements
  • Racism
  • Satyagraha
  • Social contract
  • Violence

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  • Gregory Fried

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