Just Liberal Violence: Sweatshops, Torture, War

Michael Neu

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This book critically examines "just liberal violence": forms of direct and structural violence that others may be "justly" subjected to. Michael Neu focusses on liberal defences of torture, war and sweatshop labour, respectively, and argues that each of these defences fails and that all of them fail for similar reasons. Liberal defences of violence share several blind spots, and it is the task of this book to reveal them. Neu offers a unifying perspective that reveals the three kinds of defence of violence under investigation as being essentially one of a kind. He demonstrates that each of these defences suffers from serious and irreparable intellectual defects and articulates these defects in a synthesised critique. The book goes on to accuse liberal defenders of being complicit in contemporary structures and practices of violence, and highlights the implications of this argument for moral and political philosophers who spend their professional lives thinking about morality and politics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRowman and Littlefield international
Number of pages162
ISBN (Electronic)9781786600660
ISBN (Print)9781786600646
Publication statusPublished - 29 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameOff the Fence: Morality, Politics and Society


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