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Bamikole, Lawrence O. .
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Political Violence: Its Neglected Dimension
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Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium.
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November 16-18, 2011
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University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados
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15p.
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Abstract
This paper argues that the outcome or effects of acts of violence do not provide adequate ground for understanding what violence is, its forms and the issues involved in its justification. This is because the outcomes and effects of actions, especially acts of violence, are always physically observable and in most cases they lie in the future; while the raison d’etre of violence is also in most cases, covert and not directly visible. What the paper seeks to point out is that by focusing attention only on the visible harmful outcomes of acts of violence, not much can be understood about the nature of violence and the reasons behind the actions of perpetrators of violence whether by the state or agents and forces that are opposed to the state. Our position is that if the contemporary global democratic society is serious about enacting policies that will curtail acts of violence, then attention should be focused on the motivations and existential situations of agents and perpetrators of violence. Our focus in this paper is to examine the connection between violence, human nature and culture, given the fact that perpetrators of violence are cultural beings that occupy a cultural universe.....
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