(2013) Human Studies 36 (1).

Violence and selfhood

James Mensch

pp. 25-41

Is violence senseless or is it at the origin of sense? Does its destruction of meaning disclose ourselves as the origin of meaning? Or is it the case that it leaves in its wake only a barren field? Does it result in renewal or only in a sense of dead loss? To answer these questions, I shall look at James Dodd's, Hegel's, and Carl Schmitt's accounts of the creative power of violence—particularly with regard to its ability to give individuals and groups their sense of self-identity. I shall also follow up on Peg Birmingham's suggestion that Socrates' defense at his trial points to an alternate source of our self-identity—one that is ultimately less barren.

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DOI: 10.1007/s10746-013-9265-1

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Mensch, J. (2013). Violence and selfhood. Human Studies 36 (1), pp. 25-41.

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