Ļ 3 - 2004
Mezhuyev V.M.

Violence and Freedom in the Political Context


The article has for its subject critical analysis of the conception of political violence, formulated in a number of recently published works by B.G.Kapustin (see, e.g., Polis, 2003, Ļ 6).While recognizing B.G.Kapustinís reasoning on dominating role of violence in politics as practically irreproachable from the empirical viewpoint, the author is, nevertheless, convinced that political philosophy ought to refuse regarding politics as sphere of violence. An interpretation going as far back to, as the antiquity epoch, seems to him more adequate: it is the interpretation of politics as sphere of freedom, with civil consensus, dialogue, and joint consideration of all socially significant issues assumed as a basis of the said freedom. Rating as politics what lends itself to empirical observation in real history, he holds, is permissible for a political scientist, but by no means for a philosopher. The latter, in the authorís opinion, should seek to comprehend the sense of politics in the general context of manís vital activity, to find out the ideal which justifies, makes sensible the very existence of politics, for that is the only possible way to conceive politics in at least a minimally reasonable historical perspective.