Understanding Violence

The Intertwining of Morality, Religion and Violence: A Philosophical Stance

  • Lorenzo Magnani

Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistomology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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    Pages 235-294
  6. Back Matter

About this book


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.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Lorenzo Magnani
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-21971-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-21972-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-6255
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-6263
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