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Explores the problem of violence, an important but neglected topic of philosophical tradition
Increases knowledge about the role of morality in violence
Written by a leading expert in the field
This volume sets out to give a philosophical “applied” account of violence, engaging with both empirical and theoretical debates in other disciplines such as cognitive science, sociology, psychiatry, anthropology, political theory, evolutionary biology, and theology. The book’s primary thesis is that violence, also understood as violence beyond the domain of physical harm, is inescapably intertwined with morality and typically enacted for “moral” reasons. To show this, the book compellingly demonstrates how morality operates to trigger and justify violence and how people, in their violent behaviors, can engage and disengage with discrete moralities. By employing concepts such as “coalition enforcement”, “moral bubbles”, “cognitive niches”, “overmoralization”, “military intelligence” and so on, the book aims to spell out how perpetrators and victims of violence systematically disagree about the very nature of violence. The author’s original claim is that disagreement can be understood naturalistically, described by an account of morality also informed by evolutionary perspectives.
“Military Intelligence”.- The Violent Nature of Language.- Moral Bubbles: Legitimizing and Dissimulating Violence.- Moral and Violent Mediators.- Multiple Individual Moralities May Trigger Violence.- Religion, Morality, and Violence.