Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

1. On the Concept of Violence: Intelligibility and Risk

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter describes in greater detail the nature of the resistance that violence poses with respect to its conceptual intelligibility. It considers two categories of violence that have gained significant attention, namely structural violence and symbolic violence. The chapter suggests that the resistance of violence to concepts, combined with one's enduring need to nevertheless develop a cogent general conception of violence, challenges one to reflect on the legitimacy of certain expectations. Violence is important philosophically to the extent that it forces us to modify what we take to be the very significance of an understanding through concepts. Namely, it forces one to recognize a certain risk that is inherent to any attempt to develop a concept of violence. Three examples of how this risk is manifested are outlined with a discussion of violence in conjunction with the themes of subjective agency, the political, and history.

Keywords: conceptual intelligibility; violence



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Phenomenologies of Violence — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation