Vulnerability and Violence: On the Poverty of the Remainder (or Beyond Kant)

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Abstract

This article tries to show the irreducible connection between vulnerability and violence. This connection leads us back to the ethical level of experience. If vulnerability makes violence irreducible, then at least two reactions to violence are possible. On the one hand, a reaction is possible in which one attempts to negate vulnerability in order to close down the very thing within us that allows violence to enter. This negative reaction is actually the worst violence. On the other hand, a reaction is possible in which one attempts to affirm vulnerability, even though its affirmation opens us to the violence that will happen. Affirming vulnerability is the least-violent reaction. If the formula for the worst violence is apocalypse without remainder, then the least violence is the maintenance of the remainder. The maintenance would happen only by not possessing the remainders, which places us in a new situation of poverty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-228
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the British Society for Phenomenology
Volume49
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 3 2018

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