Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16 (1):99-111 (2013)

Abstract
For Gianni Vattimo, the renunciation of violence is the starting point for constructing a post foundational politics. So far, criticism of Vattimo’s argument has focused on his larger commitment to metaphysical nihilism and whether the renunciation of violence is a thicker principle than his post foundational philosophy can support. I argue that Vattimo’s renunciation of violence can also be criticized for two other reasons. First, Vattimo attempts to distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable uses of violence through an under developed idea of self-defense. Second, despite his attention to the political and philosophical impact of mass communications technology, Vattimo ignores emerging technological challenges to our understanding of violence. Nonetheless, I argue that Vattimo’s renunciation can still serve as a useful starting point for contemporary political thinking. What Vattimo’s logic shows is that we can enhance the moral standing of democracy by decisively detaching its practices and institutions from historical artifacts of political violence.
Keywords Post foundational politics  Weak ontology  Gianni Vattimo  Violence  Non lethal force
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s10677-011-9324-5
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 60,795
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Transparent Society.Gianni Vattimo - 1992 - Johns Hopkins University Press.
After the Death of God.Gianni Vattimo & John D. Caputo - 2007 - Columbia University Press.

View all 15 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Transparent Society.Gianni Vattimo - 1992 - Johns Hopkins University Press.
Nihilism and the Postmodern in Vattimo's Nietzsche.Ashley Woodward - 2002 - Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy 6 (1):51-67.
Vattimo's Latinization of Hermeneutics : Why Did Gadamer Resist Postmodernism?Jean Grondin - 2007 - In Santiago Zabala (ed.), Phainomena. Mcgill-Queen's University Press. pp. 452-463.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2011-11-26

Total views
51 ( #203,552 of 2,438,796 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #436,491 of 2,438,796 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes