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On politics and violence: Arendt contra Fanon

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This paper considers the implications of Hannah Arendt's criticisms of Frantz Fanon and the theories of violence and politics associated with his influence for our understanding of the relationship between those two phenomena. Fanon argues that violence is a means necessary to political action, and also is an organic force or energy. Arendt argues that violence is inherently unpredictable, which means that end reasoning is in any case anti-political, and that it is a profound error to natural...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Politics and Int Relations
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Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Journal:
Contemporary Political Theory More from this journal
Volume:
Vol. 7, 1
Pages:
90–108
Publication date:
2008-02-01
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Source identifiers:
181
Deposit date:
2011-08-19

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