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date: 12 May 2021

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This chapter explores violence through the lens of International Political Theory (IPT). In so doing, it interprets three seemingly disparate forms of violence through a single lens that directs our attention to political concepts such as authority, rights, rules, and responsibilities. Moreover, this chapter will address the ways in which international and global practices of violence raise new questions because authority, rights, responsibilities, and rules are not so clearly fixed at levels beyond the nation-state. The argument of the chapter is, very broadly, that violence constrains and enables politics at the same time that politics constrains and enables violence. IPT can provide a critical and historical perspective on the intersection of violence and the political while also providig some normative valuation of this intersection.

Keywords: violence, authority, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, Walter Benjamin, decapitation

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