Comparable to Hannah Arendtâs classic On Violence, Keaneâs book challenges this indifference. It throws fresh light on the notion that we are drifting towards a ânew middle agesâ marked by uncivil wars sanctioned by decentralized powersâwarlords, gangsters, sectsâwhich the modern state was supposed to eliminate. John Keane shows how the term âviolenceâ is riddled with ambiguities, and he confronts the argument, stretching back from St Augustine to Freud, that violence is rooted in âhuman nature.â
Rejecting simple-minded pacifism, he goes on to formulate a theory of âuncivil societyâ and to examine the practical possibilities for greater civility. Above all, he insists that political philosophy and democratic politics must urgently address the issue of violence, not only because of the terrible crimes committed during the century now drawing to a close, but also because we are witnessing the significant growth of a new âpolitics of civilityâ aimed at publicizing and reducing a range of specific forms of violence, from rape and child abuse to ethnic conflict and uncivil war.
About: Genocidal wars, concentration camps, firebombed cities, spreading plagues of private blood-letting: the twentieth century has seen more than its fair share of violence, planned and unplanned, with prospects of still more to come.
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