David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Inquiry 24 (1):21 – 57 (1981)
I discuss the justification of political violence even within democracies. I define ?violence? and indicate how its evaluative force sometimes has conceptually distorting effects. Though acts of violence are at least prima facie wrong, circumstances can arise where, even in democracies, some of them are morally justified. To establish this, three paradigm cases of non?revolutionary political violence are examined. The question is then discussed whether revolutionary violence is ever justified as a means of establishing or promoting human freedom and happiness. I state the conditions which must be satisfied for such violence to be justified and argue that sometimes these conditions have been satisfied. Finally I argue that discussions of violence are frequently confused by ideological mystification and attempt to go some way towards revealing the sources of that mystification
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Tom L. Beauchamp & Ken Witkowski (1973). A Critique of Pure Anarchism. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 2 (4):533 - 539.
R. Edgley (1965). Practical Reason. Mind 74 (294):174-191.
Paul Edwards (ed.) (1967). The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. New York, Macmillan.
W. D. Falk (1956). Moral Perplexity. Ethics 66 (2):123-131.
R. M. Hare (1979). On Terrorism. Journal of Value Inquiry 13 (4):241-249.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Chung-Ying Cheng (2001). Philosophy of Violence From an Eastern Perspective. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 2001:181-185.
Jacqui Poltera (2011). Violence and Silencing: A Philosophical Investigation of Apartheid. Critical Horizons 12 (2):232-250.
Virginia Held (1997). The Media and Political Violence. Journal of Ethics 1 (2):187-202.
Robert L. Holmes (2001). A Western Perspective on the Problem of Violence. The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 11:193-205.
Johanna Oksala (2012). Foucault, Politics, and Violence. Northwestern University Press.
Vinit Haksar (2012). Violence in a Spirit of Love: Gandhi and the Limits of Non-Violence. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (3):303-324.
Added to index2009-01-30
Total downloads50 ( #37,833 of 1,413,175 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #26,640 of 1,413,175 )
How can I increase my downloads?