Violence and Nonviolence

Violence and Nonviolence

An Introduction

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In this introduction to violence and nonviolence, Gan (philosophy, Bonaventure U.) focuses on subjective and intersubjective violence and examines common myths about violence, noting logical inconsistencies as well as ways to overcome their rhetorical force. These include the idea that violence is exclusively a physical act, that there are good people and bad people (i.e. and good perpetrators of violence and bad ones), that some measured violence is always necessary to prevent greater violence, and that wrongdoers must be punished and forgo their some or all of their worth as humans in the process. The second part of the text is about thinking through nonviolence as a radical practice and comprehensive strategy in light of the "fuller account of violence" Gans is offering. He is at odds with the idea that "ends justify the means," but agrees in the end with Plato that "it is better to be injured than to injure." Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Rowman and Littllefield
Barry L. Gan's Nonviolence: An Introduction introduces readers to myths about the violence taken for granted in our daily lives, and advocates for more principled, nonviolent action on moral, ethical and philosophical grounds.

Publisher: Lanham, MD :, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.,, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781442217607
Characteristics: xi, 125 pages ; 22 cm


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