By Ann V. Murphy

A part of SUNY sequence in Gender Theory.


Examines how violence has been conceptually and rhetorically positioned to take advantage of in continental social theory.

Images of violence get pleasure from a specific privilege in modern continental philosophy, one take place within the ubiquity of violent metaphors and the prominence of a type of rhetorical funding in violence as a motif. Such pictures have additionally educated, restricted, and inspired contemporary continental feminist thought. In Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary, Ann V. Murphy takes be aware of wide-ranging references to the subjects of violence and vulnerability in modern conception. She considers the moral and political implications of this language of violence with the purpose of showing alternative routes within which identification and the social bond will be imagined, and encourages a few serious distance from the pictures of violence that pervade philosophical critique.

“…a concise and insightful exploration of the motif of violence inside 20th- and twenty-first-century continental philosophy … Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary is a necessary addition to fresh rereadings of Beauvoir’s oeuvre, in particular her moral interval writings … a accurately written and critical booklet for a person attracted to feminist ethics, violence, or modern continental philosophy.” — Hypatia

“In brief, Murphy’s intriguing e-book returns our consciousness to the paradox of our precarious lives and the overflowing imaginaries that animate them; we flow from descriptive to prescriptive claims merely via workout severe restraint, such that we'd do justice to our lived complexity.” — APA Newsletter

“Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary makes a distinct and memorable contribution to modern discussions of violence. what's special concerning the process of the booklet is that, from a place squarely at the facet of nonviolence, Ann Murphy embarks on a severe research of opinions of violence. this is often as courageous because it is necessary.” — Rosalyn Diprose, writer of Corporeal Generosity: On Giving with Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas

Ann V. Murphy is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Fordham collage.

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It refuses to be seduced by the formation of 24 VIOLENCE AND THE PHILOSOPHICAL IMAGINARY metanarratives that causally explain or justify the proliferation of certain images or statements. Just as the genealogist eyes neat historical narratives with suspicion, he or she also refuses to speculate on the destiny of a certain way of thinking. In this sense, there is suspicion of metanarratives as they pertain to both past and future. Hence the agenda of this text is not to install an unbroken continuity that would characterize the various imaginaries of violence at play in contemporary Continental philosophy, but rather to take seriously the manner in which these imaginaries traffic in what Le Doeuff calls “a repetition in radical difference” (1989, 9) Importantly, however, the rejection of the search for an origin does not consist in a rejection of history.

That violence continues to figure with such prominence in recent Continental thought is testament to the legacy of colonialism and to the deep complicity that is shared between philosophy as a discipline—particularly in those moments when it demonstrates its affection for Enlightenment ideology—and the various movements of colonization. Homi Bhabha (1994), Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1999), Le Dœuff, and Genevieve Lloyd (2000), among others, have documented the ways in which the philosophical imaginary traffics in the movement of colonization.

Identity itself is a function of some kind of parsing, expurgation, or exclusion, more often than not rendered in terms of violence. Of course, feminist theory’s negotiations with this motif are both critical and complicit: critical to the degree that they interrogate THINKING IN IMAGES 21 the universal and neutral conceit of a masculine subject that relies for its intelligibility upon the denigration of the feminine; and complicit to the degree that most elaborations of the subject in feminist theory have redeployed their own exclusionary logic.

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