Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 11, No 1 (2015)

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Overcoming Modernity and Violence

Gennady Shkliarevsky


Abstract:  Violence is one of the most pervasive problems in the world today.  Despite all efforts to apply the powers of reason in order to contain, if not completely eliminate violence, violence proves to be capable of escaping capture and re-emerging in new and unexpected forms.  Reason and rationality appear to be powerless against violence.  The paper explores some philosophical issues that shed new light on the persistence of violence in the modern world.  It argues that the failure of modernity to recognize and come to grips with the process of construction that constitutes the basis of our relationship with reality plays a critical role in the continued survival of violence.

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