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BONILLA, Alcira Beatriz. Philosophy and violence. Cuad. Fac. Humanid. Cienc. Soc., Univ. Nac. Jujuy [online]. 2010, n.38, pp. 15-40. ISSN 1668-8104.

In the contemporary philosophy the reflection on violence has a central place. This fact does not mean an exhausting treatment of the subject. In fact, during an interview Michel Serres, a philosopher and historian of science, stated straight that violence was his great theoretical and practical question along his life. As a token of that, he did not only mean on violence of wars, persecutions, and famines, these afflicted a great part of human beings in the 20th century and now, and the violence on natural environment. Specifically, he referred to the theoretical developments about violence and to the violent practices of the science and philosophy also. This paper resumes several works by Emmanuel Levinas and María Zambrano because these insist on the original violent nature of the western think and its link with the violence of the events. From a philosophical intercultural view, this article takes into account the contributions to this debate of the cultural and subaltern studies as well as the mentioned authors. By means of this resort it's possible to find other root for the violence of the modern and contemporary philosophy. That is the philosophy' "colonial condition"; in other words, is the developing of the philosophical discourses throughout the world from the so called America's "Discovery". In this paper is my object to make an analysis about several violent traits of the western eurocentrical thought. Nevertheless to propose a review and an opening of such philosophy is the final aim of this effort.

Keywords : Colonial condition; Dominant western think; Philosophy; Violence.

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