Hypatia 22 (3):111-132 (2007)
: In this essay, Hutchings contends that Simone de Beauvoir's argument in The Ethics of Ambiguity provides a valuable resource for feminists currently addressing the question of the legitimacy of political violence, whether of the state or otherwise. The reason is not that Beauvoir provides a definitive answer to this question, but rather because of the ways in which she deconstructs it. In enabling her reader to appreciate what is presupposed by a resistant politics that adopts violence as its instrument, Beauvoir illuminates the problems encountered by the kinds of "realistic and positive" and "idealistic and moral" arguments through which the use of violence in politics is routinely justified. At the same time, Beauvoir demonstrates that to deconstruct the question of the legitimacy of violence is neither to banish nor resolve it. She does not offer a recipe for determining the legitimacy or otherwise of the use of violence in politics in general; instead, she illuminates the irremediable difficulty and inescapability of such judgments in a violent and intransigent world
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
Being and Nothingness: An Essay on Phenomenological Ontology.Paul-Jean Sartre - 2013 - Routledge.
Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals.Immanuel Kant - 2009 - In Steven M. Cahn (ed.), Exploring Philosophy: An Introductory Anthology. Indianapolis: Oxford University Press.
The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World.Elaine Scarry - 1985 - Oxford University Press.
The Wretched of the Earth.Frantz Fanon - 1998 - In Emmanuel Chukwudi Eze (ed.), African Philosophy: An Anthology. Blackwell. pp. 228--233.
Citations of this work BETA
Can the Ethics of Care Handle Violence?Virginia Held - 2010 - Ethics and Social Welfare 4 (2):115-129.
Similar books and articles
Immanence and Abjection in Simone de Beauvoir.Zeynep Direk - 2011 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 49 (1):49-72.
The Viability of the Philosophical Novel: The Case of Simone de Beauvoir's "She Came to Stay".Ashley King Scheu - 2012 - Hypatia 27 (4):791 - 809.
Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman.Toril Moi - 2008 - Oxford University Press.
A Critique of Simone de Beauvoir's Existential Ethics.Matthew Braddock - 2007 - Philosophy Today 51 (3):303-311.
Simone de Beauvoirs Phenomenology of Sexual Difference.Karen Vintges - 1999 - Hypatia 14 (4):133-144.
Simone de Beauvoir's Ethics of Freedom and Absolute Evil.Anne Morgan - 2008 - Hypatia 23 (4):pp. 75-89.
Simone de Beauvoir: A Feminist Thinker for Our Times.Karen Vintges - 1999 - Hypatia 14 (4):133 - 144.
La Violence Politique Comme Mauvaise Foi Dans Le Sang des Autres.Donovan Miyasaki - 2008 - In Julia Kristeva, Pascale Fautrier, Anne Strasser & Pierre-Louis Fort (eds.), (Re) découvrir l’œuvre de Simone de Beauvoir – Du Deuxième Sexe à La Cérémonie des adieux. Éditions Le Bord de l’Eau.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads64 ( #81,927 of 2,169,111 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #126,814 of 2,169,111 )
How can I increase my downloads?