Arendt’s critique of violence

Arendt’s critique of violence

1. Discuss Arendt’s critique of violence. Explain her method and show how it leads her to conclusions different from those of commonsense, Sartre or Derrida.

Book: hannah arendt: On Violence

-jean- paul sartre
-jacques derrida

2. Explain Derrida’s concept of (suicidal) autoimmunity, discuss how it provides an exit from a conceptual slumber, helping us to understand our present predicament in relation to terrorism.

Article:
http://grattoncourses.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/derrida-autoimmunity-real-and-symbolic-suicides-a-dialogue-with-jacques-derrida-from-derridahabermas-philosophy-in-a-time-of-terror.pdf

3.Explain the key element(s) in arendt’s critique of violence. Turning to one of the many scenes of violence on the world scene today as example, ask whether her critique and concepts can be still useful and valid in helping us to understand what is happening to us today.

Book: Hannah Arendt :

4.”define Violence” askes the heroine in Wender’s film The end of Violence. Does the film answer this question? if yes, what is it? if no, does it still teach you something about violence? can you relate it to the readings?
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