Précis From Violence to Speaking Out

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Précis From Violence to Speaking Out

 

    Leonard Lawlor, synthesizes the work of Michele Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Giles Delueze, and his own contributions to advocate for his conception of “the least violence.” First, Lawlor rigorously details a history of transcendental violence. Then, he begins his consideration of three philosophers who he convincingly argues have a great deal in common on this subject. First, he considers the “speaking freely” of Foucault. Then, he explores the “speaking distantly” of Derrida. Finally, Lawlor presents the “speaking in tongues” of Deleuze. As a result, Lawlor seeks to unite these authors as all advocating for the least violence. Finally, he reiterates that the least violence is a speaking out, a recognition of the power of powerlessness.  Leonard Lawlor writes this work of philosophy in order to bring together important ethical confluences between three of the greatest philsophical minds of the 20th century.

 

Works Cited: Lawlor, L. (2016). From Violence to Speaking Out: Apocalypse and Expression in Foucault, Derrida and Deleuze (Incitements) (1 ed.). Edinburgh University Press.