In Frames of War, Judith Butler explores the media’s portrayal of state violence, a process integral to the way in which the West wages modern. War is “framed” in the media so as to prevent us from recognising the people who are to be killed as living fully “grievable” lives, like ours. Frames of War begins where Butler’s Precarious Lives left off: on the idea that we cannot grieve for those lost lives that we never saw as lives to begin with.

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Books by Judith Butler. Apr 18, Erdem Tasdelen rated it liked it. Quotes from Frames of War: Judith Butler is an American post-structuralist and feminist philosopher who has contributed to the fields of feminism, queer theory, political philosophy and ethics. This mode of social ontology for which no absolute distinction between social and ecological exists has concrete implications for how we re-approach the issues of reproductive freedom and anti-war politics.

Their lives have and had no meaning because they were already dead before they were born. Butler analyses the statement that Islam would be homophobic as a religion, but what does that say about the individual Muslim?

Frames of War: When Is Life Grievable? by Judith Butler

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I don’t know if this is a Verso problem I don’t recall Virilio’s War and Cinema having this issuebut the type set was adjusted frequently in unpleasant ways.

According to Butler, there’s no life without the conditions of life, and those conditions are pervasively social and, as such, precarious. Therefore if the enemy does not give their own people the status of living beings worthy of being mourned, missed or valued, why should anyone else? Very well articulated as always, but quite repetitive. Otherwise we cannot justify war and violence. May 01, Cerebralcortext rated it it was amazing Shelves: Within certain frames some lives are recognized as lives and, as such, grievable eg victims of Assad or victims of a terrorist attack in Paris and some are not recognized as lives per se eg hundreds of thousand casualties since the beginning of the Iraq war, thousands of refugees drowned, millions dying from famine.


I will give her the benefit of the doubt and consider that an incompetent editor or grad student made the slip-up. Inspired by Your Browsing History. I like when Butler states how the viewer forms moral criticism in response to photography like for example in Abu Ghraib’ photographs when the camera angle, the photographs’ frames, and the presented subjects all suggest that photographers who captured the violent events were involved in its scene!

Photographs themselves advance the argument that the lives they depict are precarious, and deserve to be recognized as such, prior to or independent of an overtly discursive form of argument.

The release of Judith Butler’s most recent work, Frames of War: A critique of war must start with deconstructing these frames.

Judith Butler no livro ‘Quadros de Guerra: There are also statements and ideas that I found completely incomprehensible. Sadly, this discussion is as important as ever. Jan 04, Antoine Dumas rated it liked it. Because this book’s subtitle is She lost me a bit in the last chapter with all the talk about ego, psychoanalysis is whfn not my thing.

Aurelia Guo 21 August This is probably one of the more important philosophical projects of our time. Mar 19, Nawara Zantah rated it it was amazing. However, Butler critique’s Sontag in the idea that pictures would need text or some sort of context in order to have meaning.

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I disagree with her on the idea of non-violence not being a principle, but a call. I am, however, slightly less brilliant than her, and tend to struggle with theory texts. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.


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Frames of War

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Finally, this text reckons with representation, and Frames of War shows how it is always succeeding and failing in its project and aim, as numerous feminist, queer, and anti-racist theorists have been arguing.

But she has more to say about how we frame the idea of war so that we can bear its negative affects. Consider that she makes this observation: All the ideas in this book are in Precarious Life, just not developed so well. View freely available titles: Writing academic scholarship in ways that allow more people to gain access to it is also beneficial when we are talking about economic justice.

It is how the war is framed that then is of interest to Butler. At one point I even resorted to sketching diagrams to try to make sense of what he was saying. I will also mention a gripe about the book’s type spacing. Also, I would recommend this text to philosophers, art historians — really, anyone in the humanities — and, also, anyone willing to engage in the political, human agency, representation, and ethics.