The idea that violence is characterized mainly by the inability to choose has raised many questions and inspired confusion here at Idea Channel. So this week we wanted to spend some time on it. Violence is often spoken about as one particular thing: bodily harm. The legal concept of violence cites the use of physical force–think movement, activity, bodies. Today what we will argue is that violence is about CHOICE as much or more so than BODIES, that it can in fact be passive, and that there is an important ethical dimension to thinking of violence as more than “physical violence”, which is just one of many different kinds of violence.
Interesting discussion from PBS Digital Studios/Idea Channel