Horrorism: Naming Contemporary Violenceby Adriana Cavarero, William McCuaig
In this brilliant book, one of the world's most provocative feminist theorists and political philosophers introduces a new word& mdash; horrorism& mdash;to capture the experience of violence. Unlike terror, horrorism is a form of violation grounded in the offense of disfiguration and massacre. Numerous outbursts of violence fall within Adriana Cavarero's/i>
In this brilliant book, one of the world's most provocative feminist theorists and political philosophers introduces a new word& mdash; horrorism& mdash;to capture the experience of violence. Unlike terror, horrorism is a form of violation grounded in the offense of disfiguration and massacre. Numerous outbursts of violence fall within Adriana Cavarero's category of horrorism, especially when the phenomenology of violence is considered from the perspective of the victim rather than that of the warrior. Through her searing analysis, Cavarero proves that violence against the helpless claims a specific vocabulary, one that has been known for millennia, and not just to the Western tradition.
Her book is indispensable for anyone keen to understand violence in our society today.
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A highly welcome and intelligent philosophical reflection on contemporary forms of violence and our attempts to name themand thereby unflinchingly come to grips with them.
Paul Kottman, New School University
This moving and humane book never stops delivering, from small details such as Adriana Cavarero's insightful dissection of the term 'casualty' and her analysis of the leers on the faces of the photographed women torturers at Abu Ghraib, to large claimsthat horror is the real aim of terrorism and that its worst offense is an ontological crime: that of erasing the singularity of persons and transforming all humans into mere insignificant body matter. By contrast, even Medea, Cavarero notes in one of this book's many breathtaking moments, knew the sons she killed by name and 'loved them in their unrepeatable singularity.'
Bonnie Honig, author of Democracy and the Foreigner
Adriana Cavarero has the courage and intellectual force to compel us to place horror and terror back within the ambit of humanist inquiry and philological scrutiny. In shying away from theories of speechlessness or the speechlessness of theory, she insists on the autonomy of the experience of horrorfor our growing global archive of victimsfrom the intentionalities of terror. In so doing, Cavarero makes us think again about war, force, victimization, politics, and innocence. A remarkable meditation on the macabre world of modern political violence that will appeal to a wide range of readers.
Arjun Appadurai, Godard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University
Meet the Author
Adriana Cavarero is professor of political philosophy at the University of Verona. Her books in English include In Spite of Plato: A Feminist Rewriting of Ancient Philosophy; Stately Bodies: Literature, Philosophy, and the Question of Gender; Relating Narratives: Storytelling and Selfhood; and For More Than One Voice: Toward a Philosophy of Vocal Expression.
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