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Violence & Ethics

Philosophers and academics continue to grapple for a definition of violence. Can it be restricted to the extensive use of physical force to damage another person? Or should we be agreeing that violence encompasses any type of violation that affects humans, animals and, even, nature.

Some of us might choose the restricted definition – if we are reasonably confident we would never use physical force to damage another person, then we’re off the hook. Violence will remain something committed by others.

But we live in a world that is based on winners and losers, people with and people without – can any of us live in such a world without violating others?


22 – 23 Nov 2019