Violence and Democracy

Violence and Democracy

by John Keane
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521836999

ISBN-13: 9780521836999

Pub. Date: 06/28/2004

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

John Keane offers an original account of the origins of violence, its consequences, its uses and remedies, and the relationship between violence and democracy. Rejecting the view that "human nature" is violent, Keane demonstrates why democracies do not wage war upon each other, and are unusually sensitive to violence. He emphasizes ethical questions, such as the

Overview

John Keane offers an original account of the origins of violence, its consequences, its uses and remedies, and the relationship between violence and democracy. Rejecting the view that "human nature" is violent, Keane demonstrates why democracies do not wage war upon each other, and are unusually sensitive to violence. He emphasizes ethical questions, such as the circumstances in which violence can be justified, and argues that violence can and should be "democratized" and made publicly accountable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521836999
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Series:
Contemporary Political Theory Series
Pages:
218
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

1. Surplus violence; 2. Muskets, terrorists; 3. Thinking violence; 4. Civilisation; 5. Barbarism?; 6. Why violence?; 7. Uncivil wars; 8. Ethics; 9. Ten rules for democratizing violence.

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