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Brad Evans

destructive. While we can agree with Nietzsche that nihilism is a motor of modern history, it is a mistake to see it in purely negative terms. One of the greatest myths about contemporary violence is still connected to rather old psycho-analytical insights concerning fatalism and the egotistical downfall of the deluded man. Freud’s notion of the death drive in many ways is integral to the de-legitimation of the violence we do not like on account of its negation of human existence ( Freud, 1991 ). Of course, it is necessary to understand the psychic life of violence, and to

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
José Luís Fiori

sovereignty. But it is more likely that the world system will go through a prolonged period of turbulence and wars provoked by sudden changes and increasingly unstable alliances, precisely because it is reproducing the history of the formation of the European state system on a planetary scale. Notes 1 Translated from Portugese by Juliano Fiori. 2 In the psychological and psychoanalytical theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, as in the structural anthropology of Claude Lévi-Strauss, mythology occupies a

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International law at the movies
Gerry Simpson

I once heard someone say – in a retrospective on I.A. Richards (the author of Practical Criticism ) and his concerns with textual interpretation – that Hamlet could be about an infinite number of matters but it could not be about the 1984 British Miners’ Strike. 1 There was, then, a limit to how much mapping or analogizing one could do. This was not a problem of temporality (we are all happy to accept that Freud is now one of the major influences on Hamlet ) but was related instead to the question about what a text or a film could, interpretively speaking

in Cinematic perspectives on international law