Une violence qui se présuppose : la question de la violence de Benjamin à Deleuze et Guattari

Milisavljević, Vladimir (2012) Une violence qui se présuppose : la question de la violence de Benjamin à Deleuze et Guattari. Actuel Marx, 52 (2). pp. 78-91. ISSN 0994-4524 eISSN 1969-6728

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This text examines some parallels between Walter Benjamin’s “critique of violence” and the theory of violence proposed by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. Whatever the differences between these two approaches, they both share an important common feature, defining the violence of state and law in terms of a “violence which presupposes itself”. This circular structure of the concept of violence renders utterly problematic the attempts to envisage a wholly other, revolutionary form of violence, which could be opposed to that of the state or its law. Benjamin’s hypothesis of a divine violence which breaks the circle of the mythical one, as well as the Deleuzo-Guattarian concept of the war machine, have been devised in order to come to terms with this situation. However, these concepts are not intended to serve as a basis for the legitimation of possible acts of counter-violence. What they assert is rather the fundamental and irreducible unavailability of the event in the sphere of social struggles, where our actions can neither be calculated in advance as to their results nor be ultimately justified.

Item Type: Article
Institutional centre: Centre for philosophy
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2022 21:33
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2022 21:33
URI: http://iriss.idn.org.rs/id/eprint/954

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