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Naming Violence - A Critical Theory of Genocide, Torture, and Terrorism (Hardcover): Mathias Thaler Naming Violence - A Critical Theory of Genocide, Torture, and Terrorism (Hardcover)
Mathias Thaler
R1,122 R839 Discovery Miles 8 390 Save R283 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Much is at stake when we choose a word for a form of violence: whether a conflict is labeled civil war or genocide, whether we refer to "enhanced interrogation techniques" or to "torture," whether a person is called a "terrorist" or a "patriot." Do these decisions reflect the rigorous application of commonly accepted criteria, or are they determined by power structures and partisanship? How is the language we use for violence entangled with the fight against it? In Naming Violence, Mathias Thaler articulates a novel perspective on the study of violence that demonstrates why the imagination matters for political theory. His analysis of the politics of naming charts a middle ground between moralism and realism, arguing that political theory ought to question whether our existing vocabulary enables us to properly identify, understand, and respond to violence. He explores how narrative art, thought experiments, and historical events can challenge and enlarge our existing ways of thinking about violence. Through storytelling, hypothetical situations, and genealogies, the imagination can help us see when definitions of violence need to be revisited by shedding new light on prevalent norms and uncovering the contingent history of ostensibly self-evident beliefs. Naming Violence demonstrates the importance of political theory to debates about violence across a number of different disciplines from film studies to history.

On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies (Hardcover): Mihaela Mihai, Mathias Thaler On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies (Hardcover)
Mihaela Mihai, Mathias Thaler
R1,996 Discovery Miles 19 960 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Examining the complex nature of state apologies for past injustices, this title probes the various functions they fulfil within contemporary democracies. Cutting-edge theoretical and empirical research and insightful philosophical analyses are supplemented by real-life case studies, providing a normative and balanced account of states saying 'sorry'.

On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies (Paperback, 1st ed. 2014): Mihaela Mihai, Mathias Thaler On the Uses and Abuses of Political Apologies (Paperback, 1st ed. 2014)
Mihaela Mihai, Mathias Thaler
R1,985 Discovery Miles 19 850 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Examining the complex nature of state apologies for past injustices, this probes the various functions they fulfil within contemporary democracies. Cutting-edge theoretical and empirical research and insightful philosophical analyses are supplemented by real-life case studies, providing a normative and balanced account of states saying 'sorry'.

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