Trust and Violence: An Essay on a Modern Relationship by Jan Philipp Reemtsma

By Jan Philipp Reemtsma

The proscribing of violence via kingdom powers is without doubt one of the primary tasks of the fashionable age. Why then have fresh centuries been so bloody? In Trust and Violence, acclaimed German highbrow and public determine Jan Philipp Reemtsma demonstrates that the purpose of reducing and deterring violence has long past hand in hand with the deceptive concept that violence is irregular and past comprehension. we'd be much better off, Reemtsma argues, if we said the traumatic undeniable fact that violence is general. while, Reemtsma contends that violence can't be absolutely understood with out delving into the concept that of belief. no longer in violence, yet in belief, rests the root of real power.

Reemtsma makes his case with a wide-ranging background of rules approximately violence, from historical philosophy via Shakespeare and Schiller to Michel Foucault, and by means of contemplating particular circumstances of maximum violence from medieval torture to the Holocaust and past. in the course of this gloomy account of human trends, Reemtsma shrewdly observes that even dictators need to sleep at evening and can't depend upon violence by myself to make sure their protection. those authoritarian leaders needs to belief others whereas, through capability except violence, they have to persuade others to belief them. The background of violence is for that reason a historical past of the extraordinary dating among violence and belief, and a popularity of trust's the most important position in humanity.

A huge and insightful ebook that touches on philosophy, sociology, and political thought, Trust and Violence sheds new, and from time to time disquieting, gentle on crucial facets of our society.

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27 And his poetry would seem to present a similar case. If, as we shall see in the chapter to follow, Nietzsche borrowed the title for the poems that introduce The Gay Science, his “Prelude in German Rhymes” from no one less than Goethe (“Scherz, List, und Rache”), his efforts here repeat the handbook of the troubadours’ guild, the aristocratic singers’ repertory of 10 Words in Blood, Like Flowers poetic form as a kind of poetic or literary exercise. I will argue that The Gay Science as a whole can be seen from this perspective.

Not a matter of negative judgment or pessimism, it is “that which gives us food for thought, which is what wants to be thought about” (30). ). In all that belongs to be thought about things as such, “what is most thought provoking—especially when it is man’s highest concern—may well be also what is most dangerous. Or. . ” Here Heidegger interrupts himself in a Suabian voice, different from the more rhetorically stylized way that Nietzsche interrupts himself (these are Nietzsche’s very deliberate Gedankenstriche).

The form has its historical inception in the ™forismoi´ of Hippocrates. These were maxims in place of a handbook or physician’s manual, for the physician who would have no time to consult one in the field: “Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting. . ”29 But accessibility here is also the danger. This brevity (and this is the ingeniousness of the structured design) is why the aphorism can be remembered; above all, this same brevity is the reason the aphorism can be understood. Short, one is able to get the point.

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