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Get 'em all! kill 'em! : genocide, terrorism, righteous communities /
Bruce Wilshire.
imprint
Lanham, Md. ; Toronto : Lexington Books, c2005.
description
xxvi, 199 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0739108735 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. ; Toronto : Lexington Books, c2005.
isbn
0739108735 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Genocide and terrorism -- Specific cases of genocide : Nazi Germany, California Indians -- The everyday illusion of immortality and its disruption -- Further cases of genocide : Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwanda -- A theory of genocide and terrorism -- Centering-down into the immediate : variations on the theme of genocide -- Thinking the unthinkable? a religious retardant to genocide and terrorism?
catalogue key
5424895
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-192) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Bruce Wilshire is Senior Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2005-07-01:
This book is a political, psychological, and cultural analysis of genocide. Wilshire (philosophy, Rutgers Univ.) claims not to have discovered new facts about genocide and terror but rather has relied on facts already published. Wilshire states that he wants to "discover ... new meaning in the facts already discovered." He indicates that he wants to determine what motivates people to do the irrational and horrible things that they do in genocide. His focus includes such case studies as Rwanda, Nazis in Europe, Serbs in Bosnia, and Pol Pot in Cambodia. The author discusses the clash of cultures and the impact this has on genocide. In chapter 5, Wilshire develops a theory of genocide and terrorism that draws on a surprising variety of sources, fiction and nonfiction, and the study of metaphors. The book concludes with a discussion of religion, not in the conventional way but against the use of metaphor. The last chapter is titled "Thinking the Unthinkable: A Religious Retardant to Genocide and Terrorism?" This is a provocative, stimulating read. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. E. W. Webking formerly, University of Lethbridge
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Already well on his way with Wild Hunger; in Get 'Em All! Kill 'Em! we find the distinctively original discursive style and thematic substance of Bruce Wilshire. The engaging entwinement of style and provocative, thought-provoking content just carried me along to the end. A remarkable achievement!
Bruce Wilshire's book Get 'Em All! Kill 'Em! is a fascinating and important study of issues that could not be more crucial to our perilous times. . . . I know of no other study that looks to these utterly concrete, yet very elusive, roots of the major destructive actions of the last one hundred years, continuing to this day. It should stand by itself as a book that will draw a lot of attention from the reading public as well as from academics who know WIlshire's previously published distinguished work.
Bruce Wilshire's interpretation of the genocidal impulse as a response to the threat of the annihilation of an organized group's whole cultural world is compelling and profound. Get 'Em All! Kill 'Em! will be of enormous interest to all those who are committed to understanding the experience of being human.
Deep within our souls there is an archetype of genocide that emerges in times of crisis and sears our historical understanding so we no longer acknowledge moral tenets. Wilshire brings together the diverse strands of genocidal events to demonstrate that at our worst we are an embarrassment to the universe.
It is not only the deceptively simple and lucid theory of genocide that we must honor here, but the way in which Wilshire gradually densifies and intensifies the theory, drawing us inexorably into the dark heart of the world "s polarized present, at the sharp tooth-edge of history and of our own possible extinction.
It is not only the deceptively simple and lucid theory of genocide that we must honor here, but the way in which Wilshire gradually densifies and intensifies the theory, drawing us inexorably into the dark heart of the world's polarized present, at the sharp tooth-edge of history and of our own possible extinction.
The prose is forceful, clear, and engaging. The examples are rich, provocative, and far-reaching. Instead of lecturing at his readers. . . . Wilshire invites them to join him in a journey of intellectual exploration. It is philosophical in the admirable tradition of William James. It is an excellent book.
This is an epic study of genocide and terrorism. Congratulations on a superb achievement and hopes for the widest dissemination and discussion of the urgent issues it involves.
This is a provocative, stimulating read. Highly recommended.
This is philosophy that matters: soaring thought on a vital topic expressed in an accessible, elegant style. Not everyone will agree with Wilshire's understanding of genocide, but everyone needs to be familiar with it. Wilshire is one of a vanishing breed of public intellectuals who addresses the mind of our community and appeals to its conscience. Must reading.
Wilshire has taken what most people feel is unfathomable--genocide and terrorism--and illuminated the web of dark forces that can explode forth into such heinous acts. He allows us to see how the cycles of suffering and anxiety work through our collective bodies and group symbolism to trap us all within a nightmare of violence and further suffering. Yet, he doesn't stop there, as he also shows how we can awake from this nightmare through an unconventional sense of the sacred, a way of boundary crossing found within nature, and a different attunement to the universe. Bravo for thinking through "the unthinkable!"
Wilshire is a prophet of disaster and a child with saving news. We find deep insight in this book - from the Qur'an and the Gospels, from Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and William James. We learn from Emerson, that great optimist, that along side a human hope is a persisting, sudden, strange-uncanny - say the bare existence of rats and lizards, who are no less a part of our surround than its more noted inhabitants, and alien enough to challenge our grip on those basal human comforts hope, understanding, health: for what are these to crawling things...' Of course, this is a book, as the title says, on genocide and terror. But it's also about compassion, crucifixion, King Lear, "poor forked creatures," Black Elk; it lives with that ancient epigraph on our lives: "many are the wonders and terrors, but none more wonderful (and terrible) than we. " It delivers an embodied human spirit, high and low and mediocre, in the flow and out of it, getting ice cream and wrestling with the unspeakable (which Wilshire so ably bespeaks). He is a philosopher in the spirit of Emerson and James, on the go, rushing at us like a Lion on the plain - then turning like a Greek Chorus to reflect soberly on our plight - then turning lightly to play in the curling surf for the moment numinous, enchanted.
Wilshire is a prophet of disaster and a child with saving news. We find deep insight in this book -- from the Qur "an and the Gospels, from Tolstoy, Dostoevsky and William James. We learn from Emerson, that great Soptimist, that along side a human hope is a persisting, sudden, strange-uncanny -- say the bare existence of rats and lizards, who are no less a part of our surround than its more noted inhabitants, and alien enough to challenge our grip on those basal human comforts “ hope, understanding, health: for what are these to crawling things...' Of course, this is a book, as the title says, on genocide and terror. But it "s also about compassion, crucifixion, King Lear, "poor forked creatures," Black Elk; it lives with that ancient epigraph on our lives: "many are the wonders and terrors, but none more wonderful (and terrible) than we. " It delivers an embodied human spirit, high and low and mediocre, in the flow and out of it, getting ice cream and wrestling with the unspeakable (which Wilshire so ably bespeaks). He is a philosopher in the spirit of Emerson and James, on the go, rushing at us like a Lion on the plain -- then turning like a Greek Chorus to reflect soberly on our plight -- then turning lightly to play in the curling surf for the moment numinous, enchanted.
Wilshire's book is not only a good essay on genocide and terrorism, but also an invitation to be intellectually prepared for countering fundamentalism.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
The motivation behind acts of genocide & terrorism remains the great mystery of the past century & more. Bruce Wilshire explores the issues & provides an important study of both these phenomena.
Long Description
To think about genocide and terrorism is to accept an invitation from hell. In fact, hell may be too benign a term since it makes a kind of sense out of genocide and terrorism and ultimately begs the question: What is genocide? What sense does it make to kill or disable all members of an other group just because they are that other group: men, women, children? What sense can we make of genocide? The very meaning of "sense" threatens to disintegrate. Get 'Em All! Kill 'Em! is the first systematic attempt to understand what, up until now, has seemed inexplicable. Author Bruce Wilshire uncovers what seems to be the deepest root of the genocidal urge: disgust and dread in the face of abounding, fecund, life itself ”swarming, creeping, scurrying, unboundable, and uncontrollable. If his claims about the genocidal urge is true, genocide and terrorism are the ultimate anti-ecology. Get 'Em All! Kill 'Em! is a rare and seminal work by a distinguished and original thinker.
Main Description
Why do groups become genocidal and try to incapacitate all members of an alien group, even sometimes killing fetuses? Prematurely alluding to evil or to the Devil blocks the possibility for further inquiry. Get 'Em All! Kill 'Em! is the first systematic attempt to explain what, up until now, has seemed to be inexplicable phenomena.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Genocide and Terrorismp. 1
Specific Cases of Genocide: Nazi Germany, California Indiansp. 15
The Everyday Illusion of Immortality and Its Disruptionp. 33
Further Cases of Genocide: Bosnia, Cambodia, Rwandap. 57
A Theory of Genocide and Terrorismp. 83
Centering-Down into the Immediate: Variations on the Theme of Genocidep. 123
Thinking the Unthinkable? A Religious Retardant to Genocide and Terrorism?p. 163
Bibliographyp. 179
Indexp. 193
About the Authorp. 199
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