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Counter-Violence and Islamic Terrorism

Is Liberation without Freedom Possible?

Maria Russo

investigate the possibility of interpreting fundamentalist Islamic terrorism as a form of counter-violence, as presented in the unfinished, posthumously published Notebooks for an Ethics . I want to use Islamic terrorism as a sort of case study to test the

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Deborah Evans

analysis of counter-violence, is not simply the responsibility of the West. In other words, terrorism, while there is certainly a reactionary component to it, is more than simply counter-violence. Žižek argues (from a Hegelian perspective) that too often

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Henry Bacon

Bioculturalist approach can be fruitfully employed to explain why fictional violence is such an integral part of both our art and entertainment. In any cultural context aggression related biological traits are controlled and shaped in order to ensure both the internal order and the security of a community. William Flesch has argued that his process is guided by the tendency to admire altruistic punishers, who without self-interest assume the task of punishing evildoers. Spectators of such actions tend to react to it emotionally, both spontaneously and via reflection, thus giving the experience both an emotional and a meta-emotional aspect. This plays an important role in relating to the ways in which resorting to violence is justified in mainstream films. This scenario has a strong emotional appeal, even if the spectator would deplore such means in real life contexts. This discrepancy emerges even more strongly in the revenge scenario, which in a fictional context can appear satisfying and empowering despite the moral qualms the spectator might have concerning the ethics of revenge. Because of the deeply ingrained cult of individuality and doubts about the efficacy of government in maintaining law and order, these narrative patterns have developed especially strongly within American popular culture. However, judging by the worldwide success of such films, their appeal is nonetheless quite universal.

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Does the City of Ends Correspond to a Classless Society?

A New Idea of Democracy in Sartre's Hope Now

Maria Russo

of Jürgen Habermas) and the current ethical and political debate. We think Honneth's idea of social freedom is not so far away from Sartre's final conception of fraternity. In Hope Now , for Sartre, the negative and destructive elements of counter-violence

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Matthew C. Eshleman and Ronald E. Santoni

Can violence ever be justified or is violence necessarily oppressive? Is self-defensive counter-violence or “revolutionary violence” aimed at human liberation, which Sartre defended, necessarily in bad faith? These questions form the crux of the debate between Matt Eshleman and Ronald Santoni. Is violence by nature Manichean, making the Other into an “object” and evil antagonist, and thus dehumanizing and oppressing the Other? Or can violence be liberatory when it is directed at oppressors? Both authors—but especially Eshleman, and Santoni reluctantly—agree that some forms of violence (such as self-defense) do not involve bad faith, but disagree about whether or when revolutionary violence can be justified.

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John Gillespie and Sarah Richmond

throughout Europe and beyond, and have brought into cruel focus the aims and objectives of ISIS and its jihadist ideals. Maria Russo’s discussion of the legitimacy of such an activity using the criterion of Sartre’s doctrine of counter-violence in the cause

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John Gillespie and Katherine Morris

's ‘Does the City of Ends Correspond to a Classless Society? A New Idea of Democracy in Sartre's Hope Now ’ traces Sartre's late rethinking of counter-violence, his development of a conception of democracy that revivifies France's tarnished end of

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Mark McKinney, Jennifer Howell, Ross William Smith, and David Miranda Barreiro

demands for liberation and that the responsibility for counterviolence cannot be placed on the enslaved’ (119–120). 3 In chapter 7, Christina M. Knopf studies the representation of gender roles during periods of Irish rebellion in Gerry Hunt's graphic

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Sarah Horton

that the act is wrong: “for A to be ‘less immoral’ does not rid it of the bad faith characterized by objectification and by choosing not to see all the evidence regarding the brutality of counter-violence and terror.” Ibid., 80. 28 Ibid., 65. 29 NE

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John Gillespie, Kyle Shuttleworth, Nik Farrell Fox, and Mike Neary

own justification of anti-colonial violence: ‘counter-violence’, set out in his preface to Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth . 1 It was, however, the actions of an increasingly authoritarian state against its artists, intellectuals and population