Rising up and Rising Down Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means

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ISBN-13: 9780060548193

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Description: Twenty-three years in the making, Rising Up and Rising Down (the original, published by McSweeney's in October 2003, spans seven volumes) is a rich amalgam of historical analysis, contemporary case studies, anecdotes, essays, theory, charts, graphs, photographs and drawings. Convinced that there is "a finite number of excuses" for violence and that some excuses "are more valid than others," Vollmann spent two decades consulting hundreds of sources, scrutinizing the thinking of philosophers, theologians, tyrants, warlords, military strategists, activists and pacifists. He also visited more than a dozen countries and war zones to witness violence firsthand -- sometimes barely escaping with his life. Vollmann makes deft use of these tools and experiences to create his Moral Calculus, a structured decision-making system designed to help the reader decide when violence is justifiable and when it is not.

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List price: $16.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/11/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.20" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Journalist and novelist William T. Vollmann was born in 1959 and educated at Cornell University. He worked as a comptuer programmer before becoming a journalist and covering Bosnia, Sarajevo and Afghanistan. He has written extensively since 1987, when his first book, You Bright and Risen Angels, was published. The Atlas (1996) won the PEN Center USA West Award for the best novel by a writer living west of the Mississippi. His newest work of Non-Fiction is entitled, Imperial.

Three Meditations on Death
Catacomb Thoughts
Autopsy Thoughts
Siege Thoughts
Introduction: The Days of the Niblungs
Categories and Justifications
Definitions for Lonely Atoms
On the Morality of Weapons (excerpt)
Where Do My Rights End? (excerpt)
Where Do My Rights Begin? (excerpt)
Means and Ends
Justifications: Self-Defense
In the Judge's Chair
Defense of Honor (excerpt)
Defense of Class
Defense of Authority (excerpt)
Defense of Ground (excerpt)
Justifications: Policy and Choice
Deterrence, Retribution and Revenge (excerpt)
Punishment (excerpt)
Justifications: Fate
Moral Yellowness
Evaluations
Four Safeguards
Remember the Victim!
The Moral Calculus
Studies in Consequences
Southeast Asia
Introduction
The Old Man (Malaysia)
Europe
Introduction
Where Are All the Pretty Girls? (Ex-Yugoslavia)
Africa
Introduction
The Muslim World
Introduction
Let Me Know If You're Scared (Somalia)
North America
Introduction
Dey Bring Dem Bloodstain up Here (Jamaica)
Annotated Table of Contents to the Unabridged Edition
Acknowledgments
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