Humanity and the Enemy How Ethics Can Rid Politics of Violence

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-11-26
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Humanity and the Enemy attempts to show the limits and problems of the current and dominant idea of politics based on the friend-and-enemy logic, typical of the thought of Carl Schmitt. It proposes an alternative view in which politics and ethics are inextricably intertwined. This view entails the overcoming of the Enemy thought, namely, of the notion that there must always be an enemy. This overcoming can only be accomplished through resistance on the basis of radical changes in the material and cultural conditions of social life. These changes include the dismantling of the inherently violent system of capital and its law, the elimination of poverty and fear, the abandonment of the logic of total and permanent war, and the establishment of structures for the flowering of human dignity and freedom. Humanity itself must become a political subject in order to deactivate and reject the conditions of inhumanity characterizing and crippling our present world.

Author Biography

Bruno Gulli is Assistant Professor at Kingsborough Community College, City University of New York, USA.

Table of Contents

1. Ethics and the Law: Reconsidering the Friend-and-Enemy Logic
Remark: Machiavelli and the Desire for Freedom
2. The Ethical Obligation to Disobey and Resist
3. Deactivate Violence: Human Insecurity, the Enemy, and the Other
4. Labor, Poverty, and Migration: Sovereign Terror and the War against Humanity
5. Deactivate Terror and the Enemy Logic
Conclusion – Humanity without the Enemy

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