This point was made by Critchley in a filmed interview with the production Big Think discussing the Psychology of Murder. Online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJ7noA0zJwk (accessed 10 July 2019).
This idea is central to social Darwinism and the development of notions of ‘nature’ that can be scientifically explained and verified.
For more elaboration on the concept of ‘dystopian realism’ see Evans and Giroux (2015).
This reasoning is at the heart of the liberal peace thesis. It would also be extended onto reasons about the successes of liberalism in bringing about global peace and prosperity, notably with Pinker (2011).
Whilst this understanding is most clearly expressed in the work of Samuel Huntington, it is also central to liberal notions of universality. For an excellent critique of the latter see Gray (2007).
On this, see Forti (2014).
For an excellent mediation on the concept of nihilism see Brassier (2007).
Accounting for the changing nature of sacred violence is the focus of my forthcoming book (Evans, 2021).
Derrida, J. (1992), ‘Force of Law: The “Mystical Foundation of Authority”’, in Cornell, D., Rosenfeld, M. and Carlson, D. G. (eds), Deconstruction and the Possibility of Justice (New York: Routledge).
Duffield, M. (2005), ‘Getting Savages to Fight Barbarians: Development, Security and the Colonial Present’, Conflict, Security & Development, 5:2, 141–59.
Evans, B. and Giroux, H. A. (2015), Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of the Spectacle (San Francisco: City Lights Books).
Evans, B. (2008), ‘The Zapatista Insurgency: Bringing the Political Back into Conflict Analysis’, New Political Science, 30:4, 497–520.