Addressing the relationship among social critique, violence, and domination, Violence and Reflexivity: The Place of Critique in the Reality of Domination examines a critique of violent and unjust social arrangements that transcends the Enlightenment/postmodern opposition. This critique surpasses the “reflexive violence” of classical enlightenment universalism without committing the “violence of reflexivity” by negating any possibility of collective radical social engagement. The unifying thread of the collection, edited by Marjan Ivković, Adriana Zaharijević, and Gazela Pudar-Draško, is a sensitivity to the field of tension created by these extremes, especially for the issue of how to articulate a non-violent critique that is nevertheless “militant,” in the sense that it creates a rupture in an institutionalized order of violence. In Part One, the contributors examine the theoretical resources that help us move beyond the reflexive violence of the classical Enlightenment social critique in our quest for justice and non-domination. Part Two brings together nuanced attempts to reconsider the dominant modern understandings of violence, subjectivity, and society without succumbing to the violence of reflexivity that characterizes radically anti-Enlightenment standpoints.
Marjan Ivković is senior researcher at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Belgrade.
Adriana Zaharijević is senior research fellow at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Belgrade.
Gazela Pudar Draško is researcher at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory at the University of Belgrade and Director of the Institute.
Marjan Ivković, Adriana Zaharijević and Gazela Pudar-Draško
Part One: Reflexive Violence: Critique, Negativity, and Contingency
Chapter One: Violence of the Concept in Hegel
Chapter Two: Subjectivity and Violence: A Hegelian Perspective
Chapter Three: Against Autonomy: Freedom as Heteronomy without Servitude
Chapter Four: The Ethics and Politics of Nonviolence
Part Two: Violence of Reflexivity: Practicing Critique Today
Chapter Five: Violence of Critique
Chapter Six: Critique as a Microphysics of Freedom: A Disposition beyond the Dispositive
Chapter Seven: Violence and the Apocalypse: Beyond the Hobbesian Vision
Chapter Eight: The Police: Instituting Violence
Petar Bojanić and Gazela Pudar-Draško
Chapter Nine: Emancipation of Women vs. Misogyny
About the Contributors