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  1. Vittorio Bufacchi

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee146

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Bufacchi, V. 2013. Violence. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


No other issue provokes moral debate as intensely as violence. From wars to suicide, torture to rape, violence is at the heart of virtually all our deepest moral concerns (see Rape; Torture; Suicide; War; Domestic Violence). Moral philosophers are primarily interested in the question: “Can violence be justified?” Yet, before this question can be tackled, a preliminary inquiry needs to be undertaken: “What is violence?”


  • ethics;
  • violence