Philosophical Perspectives on Power and Domination

Theories and Practices


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The essays in this volume explore in detail many of the ways power structures our daily personal, political and intellectual lives, and evaluate the workings of power using a variety of theoretical paradigms, from Hobbesian liberalism to Foucauldian feminist postmodernism. Taken as a whole, the book aims towards an end to unjust and destructive uses of power and the flowering of an encouraging, educated empowerment for all human beings in a pluralistic world. Section I offers a progressive chain of arguments that moves from the acceptance of domination, through the rejection of domination and, finally, to a new vision of power based on equality and mutual respect. Section II explores the questions, how is the philosophical self, that is, our very understanding of who we are, implicated in the web of power and domination? Section III responds to political realism as it explores morally ideal solutions to the global problems of poverty, war and hunger. Section IV discusses ways in which our thought and practice in both public and private life are bound up in hierarchies of domination.

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Joseph C. KUNKEL: Editorial Foreword. Laura DUHAN KAPLAN and Laurence F. BOVE: Preface. Acknowledgments. SECTION I DOMINATION AND ITS ALTERNATIVES. Introduction. ONE Robert LITKE: Domination and Other Kinds of Power. TWO William C. GAY: The Violence of Domination and the Power of Non-violence. THREE Gail M. PRESBEY: Hannah Arendt on Power. FOUR Maria MORALES: The Corrupting Influence on Power. SECTION II POWER, SELF, AND SOCIETY. Introduction. FIVE Laura DUHAN KAPLAN: Physical Education for Domination and Emancipation: A Foucauldian Analysis of Aerobics and Hatha Yoga. SIX Glen T. MARTIN: Eschatological Ethics and Positive Peace: Western Contributions to the Critique of the Self-Centered Ego and Its Social Manifestations. SEVEN Jerald RICHARDS: Power Imbalance and Human Worth. EIGHT. Judith PRESLER: Plato's Solution to the Problem of Political Corruption. NINE Marc STIER: The Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth? Deception and the Educative Ideal of Politics. SECTION III POWER, WAR, AND GLOBAL RESPONSIBILITY. Introduction. TEN Bernard R. BOXIL: Power and Poverty: The Prospects for World Peace. ELEVEN Joseph C. KUNKEL: The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Starve: Is There an Ethical Alternative? TWELVE Michael HOWARD: Future Generations and Moral Duties. THIRTEEN Barbara A. THIEDE: Assuming Power: Liberal Peace Advocacy in the U.S. and Germany. FOURTEEN David J. ULBRICH: A Kantian Critique of Machiavelli's Ethic of Power. SECTION IV POWER, RACE, AND GENDER. Introduction. FIFTEEN Elizabeth KAMARCK MINNICH: Preparing to Think about Power and Domination: Locating Errors that Perpetuate Injustice. SIXTEEN Laurence F. BOVE: Malcolm X's Rejection of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Nonviolence. SEVENTEEN Judith A. BOSS: Throwing Pearls to the Swine: Women, Forgiveness, and the Unrepentent Abuser. EIGHTEEN David E. JOHNSON: Educational Responses to Tailhook. NINETEEN Amy IHLAN: Burning Crosses, Political Expression, and the First Amendment: The Case of R.A.V. v. City of St. Paul. TWENTY Alison BAILEY: Mothers, Birthgivers, and Peacemakers: The Need for an Inclusive Account. Reference Bibliography. About the Authors. Index
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