Why War? / Of Violence and Non-Violence: Ethical Debates

Suggested Readings for the Bernstein and Critchley seminar:

J.M. Bernstein: Students might wish to read the chapter on “Torture” and on “The Necessity and Impossibility of Being a Jew” from Amery’s book At the Mind’s Limits; and the chapter on violence from Fanon’s Wretched of the Earth.

Simon Critchley: Slavoj Zizek, Violence; Walter Benjamin, “Critique of Violence” ; Judith Butler, “Critique, Coercion, and Sacred Life in Benjamin’s Critique of Violence”; Emmanuel Levinas, ‘Preface’ to Totality and Infinity.

J.M. Bernstein teaches philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His most recent book is Against Voluptuous Bodies: Late Modernism and the Meaning of Painting. He is now completing a work provisionally entitled Torture and Dignity.

Simon Critchley teaches philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His last book was How to Stop Living and Start Worrying (Polity, 2010) and his next book will be The Faith of the Faithless (Verso, forthcoming).