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Phenomenological Reflections on Violence: A Skeptical Approacht

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2018.09.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews James Dodd, Phenomenological Reflections on Violence: A Skeptical Approach, Routledge, 2017, 201pp., $140.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780415791892. Reviewed by Ann V. Murphy, University of New Mexico James Dodd's book continues an inquiry established in his previous monograph Violence and Phenomenology (2009), an inquiry into the meaning of violence. His earlier book engaged the contrast between the instrumental understanding of violence -- in which violence is assigned meaning in relation to the end it serves -- and the understanding of violence as uniquely constitutive of meaning and sense themselves. Like his previous book, this one is concerned with navigating the spectrum that lies between these constitutive and instrumental understandings and in exploring the nature of their interrelation. The subtitle of the book -- "A Skeptical Approach" -- is an important clue to Dodd's methodological orientation. On his. . .

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