Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation - New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories - Heather Eaton

Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation - New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories - Heather Eaton

Chapter 6. Violence and Power: A Reading of Hannah Arendt's Distinction between Violence and Power

Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation - New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories - Heather Eaton

Sophie Cloutier [+-]
Saint-Paul University
Sophie Cloutier is associate professor in the faculty of Philosophy and the School of Public Ethics and Governance at Saint-Paul University. Her main area of research is political philosophy and public ethics. She has published several articles on Hannah Arendt’s thought, multiculturalism, hospitality and ethics of care. She has also edited and contributed to the book Le temps de l’hospitalité. Réception de l’oeuvre de Daniel Innerarity (PUL 2015).

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This essay analyzes what seems like a curious paradox: that violence is powerless, in order to present the functional limits of violent action in the political sphere. Following Hannah Arendt, especially her distinction between power and violence, Cloutier argues that violence is regarded as a substitute for power by the excluded and that violence is not a valid political category per se. Violence may have an impact on liberation from oppression, but it must be surpassed. The exchange of role between the oppressed and the oppressors is not sufficient to become free; to be free does not mean to be a persecutor but to live among equals. And violence should play no role in the political relations among equals.

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Cloutier, Sophie. Chapter 6. Violence and Power: A Reading of Hannah Arendt's Distinction between Violence and Power. Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation - New Perspectives on Nonviolent Theories. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 97-111 Nov 2016. ISBN 9781781794722. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30207. Date accessed: 17 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30207. Nov 2016

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