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Communities of Peace: Confronting Injustice and Creating by Danielle Poe

By Danielle Poe

This quantity examines the numerous ways that violence, domination, and oppression occur themselves. This exam opens the best way to artistic feedback for overcoming injustice. The authors during this quantity additionally describe the beneficial properties of a simply group and encourage readers to enforce peaceable transformation.

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Benjamin writes: A [Paul] Klee painting named “Angelus Novus” shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed.

2001, p. 4) In Negative Dialectics (1987), Adorno’s critique of Western philosophy and the enlightenment is designed to expose the misuse of the concept or the process of conceptualization. The concept fails to do justice to lived human experience and therefore, restricts rather than expands knowledge. The philosopher first constructs concepts and then attempts to force human lived experience into the concepts. This very process leads to what some feminist and Africana philosophers would call epistemologies of ignorance.

Since the society in which we live has a history of oppression of various sorts, an ideal theory cannot help us create a fair and just society. In our society corrective measures must be taken in light of damage done by systems of oppression. According to Mills, Rawls’s theory is a sketching of rights, when what we actually need is a righting of wrongs (Mills and Pateman, 2008, p. 114), or, in the context of Adorno’s work, the transformation of wrong life. Adorno’s project represents an attempt to move us beyond formalism in ethics.

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