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By Adriana Cavarero

Words like "terrorism" and "war" now not surround the scope of latest violence. With this explosive ebook, Adriana Cavarero, one of many world's such a lot provocative feminist theorists and political philosophers, successfully renders such phrases out of date. She introduces a brand new word—"horrorism"—to catch the event of violence.

Unlike terror, horrorism is a sort of violation grounded within the offense of disfiguration and bloodbath. a number of outbursts of violence fall inside of Cavarero's classification of horrorism, specially while the phenomenology of violence is taken into account from the viewpoint of the sufferer instead of that of the warrior. Cavarero locates horrorism within the philosophical, political, literary, and creative representations of defenseless and susceptible sufferers. She considers either terror and horror at the battlefields of the Iliad, within the decapitation of Medusa, and within the homicide of Medea's kids. within the smooth enviornment, she forges a hyperlink among horror, extermination, and bloodbath, specifically the Nazi loss of life camps, and revisits the paintings of Primo Levi, Hannah Arendt's thesis on totalitarianism, and Arendt's debate with Georges Bataille at the estheticization of violence and cruelty.

In employing the horroristic paradigm to the present phenomena of suicide bombers, torturers, and hypertechnological battle, Cavarero integrates Susan Sontag's perspectives on images and the eroticization of horror, in addition to rules on violence and the nation complicated by way of Thomas Hobbes and Carl Schmitt. via her searing research, Caverero proves that violence opposed to the helpless claims a selected vocabulary, one who has been recognized for millennia, and never simply to the Western culture. the place universal language fails to shape an image of atrocity, horrorism paints an excellent portrait of its shiny reality.

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