Introduction to the book notes.
To inform the current research, a study of the literature on the subject of violence is being carried out.
Giving the preference to primary resources, most of the texts are of philosophical or socio-political nature. While not having the pretention to participate in these domains’ discourse, I nonetheless decided to engage in a critical reading of the texts. Reading them from the point of view of a sculptor and associating the theories to my own sculptural practice.
The applied method is to extract passages that are relevant to me and comment or elaborate on them within the context from which I am looking at the subject.
Richard Bernstein seeks to answer questions on violence by examining the work of five figures who have thought deeply about violence – Carl Schmitt, Walter Benjamin, Hannah Arendt, Frantz Fanon, and Jan Assmann.
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Offering an accessible introduction to post-war critical thought on the topic, Histories of Violence examines how many prominent theorists from Hannah Arendt to Frantz Fanon, Michel Foucault, and Slavoj Žižek have grappled with these questions.
Girard explores violence as it is represented and occurs throughout history, literature and myth. Girard’s forceful and thought-provoking analyses of Biblical narrative, Greek tragedy and the lynchings and pogroms propagated by contemporary states illustrate his central argument that violence belongs to everyone and is at the heart of the sacred.
Sofsky pursues to answer questions regarding people’s indulgence in violence. He argues that our propensity for violence is a reaction we have evolved as a response to our own mortality, and one which has taked many different forms in the course of human history.
We are living under the administration of fear: fear has become an environment, an everyday landscape. Stock-market crises, undifferentiated terrorism, lightning pandemics, “professional” suicides…. Fear has become the world we live in.
The administration of fear also means that states are tempted to create policies for the orchestration and management of fear. Globalization has progressively eaten away at the traditional prerogatives of states (most notably of the welfare state), and states have to convince citizens that they can ensure their physical safety
Using history, philosophy, books, movies, Lacanian psychiatry, and jokes, Slavoj Žižek examines the ways we perceive and misperceive violence.