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Images of violence enjoy a particular privilege in contemporary continental philosophy, one manifest in the ubiquity of violent metaphors and the prominence of a kind of rhetorical investment in violence as a motif. Such images have also informed, constrained, and motivated recent continental feminist theory. In Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary, Ann V. Murphy takes note of wide-ranging references to the themes of violence and vulnerability in contemporary theory. She considers the ethical and political ...
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Overview

Images of violence enjoy a particular privilege in contemporary continental philosophy, one manifest in the ubiquity of violent metaphors and the prominence of a kind of rhetorical investment in violence as a motif. Such images have also informed, constrained, and motivated recent continental feminist theory. In Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary, Ann V. Murphy takes note of wide-ranging references to the themes of violence and vulnerability in contemporary theory. She considers the ethical and political implications of this language of violence with the aim of revealing other ways in which identity and the social bond might be imagined, and encourages some critical distance from the images of violence that pervade philosophical critique.
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“…a concise and insightful exploration of the motif of violence within twentieth- and twenty-first-century continental philosophy … Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary is an essential addition to recent rereadings of Beauvoir’s oeuvre, especially her ethical period writings … a precisely written and important book for anyone interested in feminist ethics, violence, or contemporary continental philosophy.” — Hypatia

“In short, Murphy’s exciting book returns our attention to the ambiguity of our precarious lives and the overflowing imaginaries that animate them; we move from descriptive to prescriptive claims only through exercising critical restraint, such that we might do justice to our lived complexity.” — APA Newsletter

Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary makes a unique and remarkable contribution to contemporary discussions of violence. What is unique about the approach of the book is that, from a position squarely on the side of nonviolence, Ann Murphy embarks on a critical analysis of critiques of violence. This is as brave as it is necessary.” — Rosalyn Diprose, author of Corporeal Generosity: On Giving with Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438440323
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 314 KB

Meet the Author

Ann V. Murphy is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Violence. Reflexivity, Critique

Chapter 1 Thinking in Images 11

Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary 12

Feminism and the Motif of Violence 19

Genealogy and Violence 23

Chapter 2 Philosophy's Shame 27

Shame and the Philosophical Imaginary 29

Philosophy and Its Others 33

Shame and the Discourse on Difference 37

Chapter 3 Violence, Visibility, and Identity Politics 45

Philosophy, Identity, and Violence 46

The Defense of Identity Politics 51

The Visible and the Real 55

Sexuality and Spectacle 57

Part 2 Vulnerability. Ambiguity. Responsibility

Chapter 4 The Provocations of Vulnerability 65

Feminist Philosophy and the Vulnerable Body 66

Ethical Ambiguity and Corporeal Vulnerability 72

A Phenomenology of Touch 75

Framing Violence and Vulnerability 79

Chapter 5 What's in a Name? Imagining Vulnerability Otherwise 85

Uniqueness and the Human 88

Ontological Virtue 89

Ontological Vice 94

An Ethics of the Singular 98

Chapter 6 Assuming Ambiguity: The Body and Ethical Life 101

Ambiguity in Beauvoir's Early Work 103

Vulnerability Revisited 108

Assuming Ambiguity 112

Freedom and Violence 114

Conclusion: Witnessing the Imaginary 117

Notes 121

References 127

Index 133

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