RT_3_fannon_and_arendt - RT 3 Normative Justifications...

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RT 3: Normative Justifications: Arendt and Fanon Federica, Sayuri, Summer and Idon Introduction: Does violence have the potential to be a creative (and positive) force? Is violence justifiable and if so when? Is violence an interruption of progress or more so an indication of progress? In order to answer these questions the following analysis will look at two of this week’s readings, Frantz Fanon’s , The Wretched of the Earth and Hannah Arendt’s Reflections on Violence . First a closer look at Fanon’s understanding of violence will present his opinion regarding the legitimate role that violence holds. Next, Arendt’s direct criticisms of Fanon will be expressed in order to show limitations in his argument. However, after a discussion of Arendt’s own views on violence, the claim will be made that Fanon’s perspective is not only more historically accurate but also less of an idealized model. Fanon’s understanding of the role of violence: Fanon focuses on the struggle that arises between the native and settler. In this frame of colonialism, he says that the only language understood is force and the colonizers “owe [their] legitimacy to force” (84). Even the colonized recognize that force is needed and therefore, do not try to seek justice. Fanon does not seem to even question whether violence is justifiable or not. Rather, violence is a fact. In this particular case, the “violence of the colonial regime and the counter-violence of the native balance each other and respond to each other,” creating what he refers to as the “circle of hate” (88-89). Fanon explains that violence benefits both the individual and the group. At what he terms “the point of no return”, the colonized recognize that they must return the violence inflicted upon them. This recognition is coupled with an understanding that “life can only spring up again out of the rotting corpse of the settler” (93). On the individual level “the colonized man finds his freedom in and through violence,” justifying violence
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2010 for the course ENG W2018 taught by Professor Niccolas during the Spring '10 term at Columbia.

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RT_3_fannon_and_arendt - RT 3 Normative Justifications...

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