Fidel's Ethics of Violence

Fidel's Ethics of Violence : The Moral Dimension of the Political Thought of Fidel Castro

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Fidel Castro's most original contribution to revolutionary and radical thought has been his development of an explicit ethical position on one of the most controversial issues of our time: violence. This book explores the evolution of Castro's political thinking - and in particular how he philosophically reconciles violence, political power and morality.

This book makes a timely intervention into the question of Castro's historical role and contribution. The author argues that Castro's doctrine of armed struggle is the logical development of his idea of the ethical liberation fighter. At its core is an unremitting emphasis on the ethical use of violence.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 14.22mm | 585.13g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 074532696X
  • 9780745326962
  • 2,338,531

Table of contents





1. The Ethics of Violence

2. Comparative Historical Perspective


3. Evolution of Castro's Ethics of Liberation

4. Defending the Revolutionary Regime


5. The Moral High Ground


6. The Achievement of Synthesis

7. The Contemporary Relevance of Castro


A Personal Postscript


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'Puts forward a compelling case for incorporating the ethical component of Castro's practice and thinking, in particular his views on just war and just violence, into a more balanced judgement than is currently available of one of the most controversial statesmen of the twentieth century' -- Sebastian Balfour, London School of Economics and Political Science 'In the overcrowded and partisan field of studies of Cuba and of Fidel Castro, it is a genuinely new approach. This book takes us beyond the cliches of authoritarianism or charisma to an analysis of Castro's thought that brings in paradigms from outside the Cuban context and which force us to address conventional wisdoms about the much misunderstood leader' -- Tony Kapcia, Head of the Hispanic and Latin American Studies Department, University of Nottingham 'In this lucid analysis of the moral and ethical dimensions of Castro's thought, Jayatilleka breaks new ground' -- Dr Julia Buxton, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford
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About Dayan Jayatilleka

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka is a political analyst and commentator, and a former underground revolutionary activist. He is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was Sri Lanka's ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva and also served at Sri Lankan Ambassador to France. He is the author of Fidel's Ethics of Violence (Pluto, 2007).
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