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Violence: The Unrelenting Assault on Human Dignity


The Unrelenting Assault on Human Dignity

Wolfgang Huber (Author), Ruth C. L. Gritsch (Translator), Daniel Berrigan (Foreword by)


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Newspapers daily document the violence that rends our times. Who can account for its relentless pervasion? Why is it also found fascinating or gripping? What is wrong with societies that produce it?

Answers are elusive and fragile, renowned ethicist Huber believes. For, even apart from the gross brutalities of crime and war, he finds more subtle and covert violence in childrearing, family intimacy, schools, employee relations, entertainment, and competitive sports. Huber shows how the constant, everyday disregard of human dignity is a root of violence in all spheres, how the inviolability of dignity is the one absolutely necessary premise of countering violence, and how we can become personally vigilant in the service of human dignity. Huber's clear, sweeping creed articulates principles of a planetary ethos, a public theology for rebuilding personal and political culture rent by violence.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800628581
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 176
  • Publication Date July 29, 1996


"Violence is a work of extraordinary merit...Our world, in sum, is a public spectacle of brutish economics, military muscle, governments in servitude to mammon and its godlings. But...we do have ethicians of the quality of Wolfgang Huber. Their task is a saving one."
— Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

Table of Contents

    Preface to the American Edition

    Introduction: Our Daily Violence
    Form of Violence
    Responsible Lifestyles
    The Process of Clarification

  1. Violence and Intimacy as Entertainment
    Human Dignity Needs the Media
    Changes in the Public Structure
    The Triumphal March of the Market Principle
    The Media and the Taste for Violence
    The Role of Ethics
    Responsibility for One's Own Actions
    Principles for a Universalist Ethic
    Television and the Ban on Images

  2. Taking Liberties with Human Dignity: The Example of Sports
    The Meaning of Sport
    Principles of Sports
    Effects of Social Change
    Ethic of Dignity of Ethic of Interests
    The Olympic Model or the Jesus Model
    Achievement and Success
    Sports and Value of Nature
    Individuality and Sociability

  3. The Society of the Majority and the Minorities: Conditions of Living Together
    Internal Diversity and External Boundaries
    Majorities and Minorities
    Acknowledging the Stranger and One's Own Identity
    The Offer of Successful Multiculturalism
    Coexistence in Cultural Diversity

  4. A Look Back at the Gulf War
    May War Be God's Will?
    Is There Such a Thing as Inevitable War?
    Are There Worse Things than War?
    What Is the Role of Religion?
    Opposing Options in the Issue of War and Peace
    The Gulf War and Religion's Loss od Credibility

  5. Military Violence after the Cold War
    Ethical Principles of Peace
    Peacekeeping Duties of the Community of Nations
    Peacekeeping Missions
    Combat Missions
    The Balkan War and Military Intervention

  6. Violence against Humanity and Nature: The Necessity for a Planetary Ethos
    Human Dignity in Antiquity and in the Christian Tradition
    The New Turn toward Human Dignity
    The Transition to Human Rights
    Accessibility to Reasons and the Power to Bind
    Ethics, Responsibility, Power
    The Concept of Power
    Minimizing Violence
    Power and Violence
    Planetary Ethos
    "Project World Ethos"
    Human Rights and Planetary Ethos
    Ethical Dimensions of Human Rights
    Third Generation of Human Rights
    The Rights of Nature
    Relative Universalism