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DOI 10.12887/27-2014-2-106-09



Barbara CHYROWICZ – Violence without Hatred?


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The basic question addressed in the present article is whether recourse to violence may be justified. Since in contemporary times the term ‘violence’ is used to describe a whole array of actions, and is variously defined, the answer to the above question must be necessarily preceded by an analysis of the different ways of understanding violence. A scrutiny shows that one may speak about two basic kinds of violence, namely, personal (i.e. violence done by a particular person to others) and structural (i.e. violence most frequently occurring as a result of legalized oppressive and unjust structures which cause e.g. inequality and exploitation). While recourse to violence occasionally turns out necessary in order to eliminate violence as such, one needs to distinguish between, on the one hand, situations in which it is used by the agent as a tool to subordinate other human beings and, on the other hand, situations when violent acts, despite being ‘forceful solutions,’ retain their defensive nature and are not intended to harm others; rather, they prevent violence and retrieve the status quo it has undermined. Thus the violent acts in question are neither acts of revenge nor acts of  injustice.

Translated by Dorota Chabrajska

Keywords: structural violence, personal violence, coercion, power, social structures, injustice, defence

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  1. ISSN 0860-8024
  2. The Republic of Poland Ministry of Science and Higher Education Value: 20.00
  3. Quarterly “Ethos” is indexed by the following databases: EBSCO, CEEOL, Index Copernicus (ICV 2017: 55.26), Philosopher’s Index, ERIH Plus.
  4. DOI Prefix 10.12887