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NCJ Number: 134707 Find in a Library
Title: Justice, Law, and Violence
Editor(s): J B Brady; N Garver
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 292
Sponsoring Agency: Temple University Press
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6099
Publication Number: ISBN 6-87722-843-4
Sale Source: Temple University Press
1601 N. Broad Street
University Service Bldg., Room 305
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6099
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The essays in this book, written by philosophers from Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, and the United States, examine the questions of how Western law, which provides one of the most sophisticated alternatives to violence, simultaneously provides one of the most elaborate justifications for violence.
Abstract: The main theme of the essays is the analysis of the relationship between violence and justice. The opening chapter maintains that collective violence is significantly different from individual violence, and that this ideological difference must be understood in order to deal reasonably with the collective violence. Other chapters in the first section discuss the relationships of violence to morality, to human nature, and to law. The second section explores patterns of legitimation or justification as they apply to the use of violence. Several authors deny the legitimacy of common forms of rationalization. The final section examines specific questions of punishment, terrorism, and female self-defense.
Main Term(s): Violence causes
Index Term(s): Judicial attitudes; US/foreign comparisons; Western Europe
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