Three questions about violence
Philosophy Documentation Center
This article explores three philosophical issues regarding the concept of violence. First, violence is not just an act, it is also an experience. The study of violence should not focus exclusively on understanding actions that cause harm. Instead, a more phenomenological approach is required, one that prioritizes the experience of violence, especially those of victims and survivors of violence. Second, it is necessary to distinguish between â unwantedâ and â unconsentedâ violence. Third, the definition of violence as violation of integrity or wholeness will come into scrutiny. In particular, to what extent does integrity as intactness apply to human beings, and if violence is defined in terms of breaking something intact, can violence be done to something that is already broken?
Act , Desire , Phenomenology , Integrity , Survivors
Bufacchi, V. (2022) 'Three questions about violence', Washington University Review of Philosophy, 2, pp. 209-218. doi: 10.5840/wurop2022213