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Revenge and social conflict

By: Christensen, Kit R.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New Delhi Cambridge University Press 2016Description: vii, 289 p.ISBN: 9781316626627 .Subject(s): Revenge | Ethics | Social conflict | Social lifeDDC classification: 303.6 Summary: Revenge has been a subject of concern in most intellectual traditions throughout history, and even when social norms regard it as permissible or even obligatory, it is commonly recognised as being more counterproductive than beneficial. In this book, Kit R. Christensen explores this provocative issue, offering an in-depth account of both the nature of revenge and the causes and consequences of the desire for this kind of retaliatory violence. He then develops a version of eudaimonistic consequentialism to argue that vengeance is never morally justified, and applies this to cases of intergroup violence where the lust for revenge against a vilified 'Them' is easily incited and often exploited. His study will interest a wide range of readers in moral philosophy as well as social philosophers, legal theorists, and social/behavioural scientists. https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/revenge-and-social-conflict/285DB1407926198B3ADDB239EDFC5EA2#fndtn-information
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Table of contents

Introduction
Part I. The Nature of Revenge
1. Revenge: what it is and what it isn't
2. A little natural history
3. Interpretations of harm, norms of response
4. Groups as victims and avengers

Part II. The Morality of Vengeance
5. Revenge, punishment, and the state
6. The immorality of revenge, considering the consequences
7. Some nonconsequentialist responses
8. War and vengeance
9. Undermining vengeance, building sustainable peace Bibliography
Index.

Revenge has been a subject of concern in most intellectual traditions throughout history, and even when social norms regard it as permissible or even obligatory, it is commonly recognised as being more counterproductive than beneficial. In this book, Kit R. Christensen explores this provocative issue, offering an in-depth account of both the nature of revenge and the causes and consequences of the desire for this kind of retaliatory violence. He then develops a version of eudaimonistic consequentialism to argue that vengeance is never morally justified, and applies this to cases of intergroup violence where the lust for revenge against a vilified 'Them' is easily incited and often exploited. His study will interest a wide range of readers in moral philosophy as well as social philosophers, legal theorists, and social/behavioural scientists.

https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/revenge-and-social-conflict/285DB1407926198B3ADDB239EDFC5EA2#fndtn-information

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