Monday, January 17, 2005
Reviewed by Adam Gearey, School of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London
A lot to be discussed just in one paragraph:
"Tontti’s notion of ethics confronts this primordial violence. 1) Precisely because the world is nothing but a contest of interpretations, the “only truly ethical position is decreasing or diminishing violence” (p.135).
2) Ethics is founded on the demand that each voice should be heard.
3) Because the world is nothing but interpretation, no interpretation should be suppressed.
4)This can be linked to an observation about fundamental ontology: Being is itself “normative and conflicting.” One must take sides.
5) The need to commit to an ethics may not be based on a calculus of rights and interests, but it is not indeterminate—the correct position is to resist or diminish violence. "