Judith Butler — Nonviolence
“Can nonviolence be an aggressive political tool? What does it mean to argue for nonviolence in the current political situation? In her recent book, Judith Butler analyzes the philosophical configurations of nonviolence, engaging with the works of Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein, Frantz Fanon and Walter Benjamin. From this intersection of political philosophy, psychoanalysis and social theory, Butler stresses that nonviolence is a necessary ethical position in order to preserve lives.” Stefan Lessmann will conduct this session of the Workshop for Theory and Contemporary Critical Thought, on Judith Butler’s The Force of Nonviolence: An Ethico-Political Bind (2020).