Violence and Nonviolence: Conceptual Excursions into Phantom Opposites

By Peyman Vahabzadeh

© 2019

Through an original and close reading of the key literature regarding both revolutionary violence and nonviolence, this book collapses the widely-assumed concepts of violence and nonviolence as mutually exclusive. By revealing that violence and nonviolence are braided concepts arising from human action, Peyman Vahabzadeh submits that in many cases the actions deemed to be either violent or nonviolent might actually produce outcomes that are not essentially different.

Vahabzadeh offers a conceptual phenomenology of the key thinkers and theorists of both revolutionary violence and various approaches to nonviolence. Arguing that violence is inseparable from civilizations, Violence and Nonviolence concludes by making a number of original conceptualizations regarding the relationship between violence and nonviolence, exploring the possibility of a nonviolent future and proposing to understand the relationship between the two concepts as concentric, not opposites.

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  • Page Count: 360 pages
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Through a close reading of the key literature regarding both revolutionary violence and nonviolence, the book collapses the widely-assumed concepts of violence and nonviolence as mutually exclusive.

Violence and Nonviolence: Conceptual Excursions into Phantom Opposites

By Peyman Vahabzadeh

© 2019

Through an original and close reading of the key literature regarding both revolutionary violence and nonviolence, this book collapses the widely-assumed concepts of violence and nonviolence as mutually exclusive. By revealing that violence and nonviolence are braided concepts arising from human action, Peyman Vahabzadeh submits that in many cases the actions deemed to be either violent or nonviolent might actually produce outcomes that are not essentially different.

Vahabzadeh offers a conceptual phenomenology of the key thinkers and theorists of both revolutionary violence and various approaches to nonviolence. Arguing that violence is inseparable from civilizations, Violence and Nonviolence concludes by making a number of original conceptualizations regarding the relationship between violence and nonviolence, exploring the possibility of a nonviolent future and proposing to understand the relationship between the two concepts as concentric, not opposites.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Violence and Nonviolence will be a major contribution to the field; the book develops a post-Heideggerian approach to a central topic within politics, specifically, the interface between violence and nonviolence, according to the basic precepts of phenomenology."


    Frank Schalow, University Research Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of New Orleans

    "Violence and Nonviolence will appeal to a number of different audiences and will be useful to scholars and students of social movements, social and political theory and to those who are interested in the study of political and revolutionary change. Especially critical is the book’s convincing critique of current modes of thought and discourses that present violence and non-violence as mutually exclusive – discourses that as the author says in reference to certain readers of Gandhi, "try to extract breeze from the hurricane." This book creates an analytical space for deeper studies of social/revolutionary movements, which can maneuver across the terms, (non)violence, without at the same time losing any and all ability to distinguish between them."


    Mark Ayyash, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Mount Royal University
  • Author Information

    Peyman Vahabzadeh is professor of Sociology at University of Victoria.
  • Table of contents

    1. Towards a Radical Phenomenology of (Non)Violence
    2. Deworlding, Reworlding, Phenomenal Violence
    3. Acts of Liberation
    4. On Liberation’s Magical Moment
    5. Logistical Necessity and Pragmatic Nonviolence
    6. On the Utility of Nonviolence: Peace and the Question of Justice
    7. Ethics of Nonviolence
    8. Conflictual Politics of Nonviolence
    Conclusions: Not Opposites, Concentric!

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