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Critique of Transcendental Violence

Critique of Transcendental Violence Leonard LawlorFrom Violence to Speaking Out: Apocalypse and Expression in Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuze. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016, xxi + 320 pp.…Transcendental violence remains. The attempt to reduce violence to its lowest degree never reduces it far enough to eliminate the violence that is life itself.Lawlor, From Violence to Speaking Out, 287∵Leonard Lawlor’s most recent book, From Violence to Speaking Out, is a work in ethics. Lawlor’s ethics are opposed to every repression of potentiality through the imposition of relative ends. Put differently, he claims that the ethical philosophy articulated in From Violence to Speaking Out “is opposed to all possession of others” (x). Readers are right to infer that the resistance to the imposition of relative ends and the renunciation of the possession of others find their inspiration in Kant, perhaps most pointedly in the second formulation of Kant’s categorical imperative: never treat humanity as mere means to an end. Indeed Kant proves to be a surprisingly influential voice in Lawlor’s latest book.One way to characterize Lawlor’s From Violence to Speaking Out would be to say that it is a critique of transcendental violence, where the understanding of both critique and the figure of the transcendental are http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Critique of Transcendental Violence

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 48 (1): 7 – Feb 19, 2018

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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/15691640-12341388
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Leonard LawlorFrom Violence to Speaking Out: Apocalypse and Expression in Foucault, Derrida, and Deleuze. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016, xxi + 320 pp.…Transcendental violence remains. The attempt to reduce violence to its lowest degree never reduces it far enough to eliminate the violence that is life itself.Lawlor, From Violence to Speaking Out, 287∵Leonard Lawlor’s most recent book, From Violence to Speaking Out, is a work in ethics. Lawlor’s ethics are opposed to every repression of potentiality through the imposition of relative ends. Put differently, he claims that the ethical philosophy articulated in From Violence to Speaking Out “is opposed to all possession of others” (x). Readers are right to infer that the resistance to the imposition of relative ends and the renunciation of the possession of others find their inspiration in Kant, perhaps most pointedly in the second formulation of Kant’s categorical imperative: never treat humanity as mere means to an end. Indeed Kant proves to be a surprisingly influential voice in Lawlor’s latest book.One way to characterize Lawlor’s From Violence to Speaking Out would be to say that it is a critique of transcendental violence, where the understanding of both critique and the figure of the transcendental are

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Feb 19, 2018

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