Violence and silencing: a philosophical investigation of Apartheid

Jacqui Poltera

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With reference to examples of violence during Apartheid, I argue that the socio-political contexts in which violence occurs significantly shape agents ideas about and responses to violence. As such, philosophers can only make sense of why perpetrators and bystanders alike may have judged violent acts morally justifiable or failed to challenge instances of violence against the backdrop of the particular characteristics of the socio-political context in which it occurs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-250
Number of pages19
JournalCritical Horizons
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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