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The Metaphysics of Terror: The Incoherent System of Contemporary Politics (Political Theory and Contemporary Philosophy)by Rasmus Ugilt
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This groundbreaking study aims to provide a philosophical analysis of the phenomenon of terror, in particular the political reactions to it, such as public anxiety and pre-emptive wars, and to re-articulate the understanding of metaphysics through a consideration of its political implications.
The book reveals that the key feature of terror is "potentiality," that is, terror is always about "what could happen" as opposed to "what is likely to happen." This notion helps broaden the scope of the investigation, as the argument spans the ontology, political psychology, political cosmology, and political theology of terror. Each chapter begins with an empirical discussion, examining such topics as the political practices in reaction to terror, the politics of fear, warfare, sovereignty, and the debates about the state of exception in relations to anti-terrorism laws.
This unique examination of our political reality uncovers the axiom of terrorism, namely its "potentiality." Going beyond the scope of terrorism studies, it explains the philosophical underpinnings of terror without compromising on the empirical facts drawn from policymaking, jurisprudence and related fields.
This accessible investigation of the philosophical mechanisms of terror seeks to revitalize and reformulate the classic understanding of metaphysics by considering its political implications.
About the Author
Rasmus Ugilt is Assistant Professor in the Department of Culture and Society, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Much Ado about Nothing
1. The Political Ontology of Terror
2. The Political Psychology of Terror
3. The Political Cosmology of Terror
4. The Political Theology of Terror
Conclusion: All's Well That Begins Well
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