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Trust and Violence:
An Essay on a Modern Relationship
Jan Philipp Reemtsma

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Preface ix
Introduction: The Mystery 1

Chapter 1: Trust and Modernity 9
Two Scenes from Thomas Mann's Confessions of Felix Krull 10
Trust 12
Practices of Social Trust 17
Trust and Seriousness-- The Gretchenfrage 21
Trust and the Construction of the We 27
We Can't Not Trust 33
Reorientation 35
The Bearers of Premodern Social Trust 39
The Problem of Trust within Modernity 44
Trust in Modernity 52

Chapter 2: Power and Violence 54
Kratos and Bia 54
A Phenomenology of Physical Violence 55
Locative Violence 57
Raptive Violence 60
Autotelic Violence 62
Reduction to Body 66
Psychological Violence/Autotelic Bias 69
Fragmentation: Th e Destruction of the I 71
Complementary Opposites 74
Power-- Without Violence 76
Coercive Power 79
The Temporality of Power 80
Reward Power, Coercive Power, and Violence 80
Richard III: A Flawed Power Calculus 83
Consent as a Function of Temporality 86
Participatory Power, Trust, Legal Regulation 89
Monopoly 92
Delegation 93
Th e Dynamics of Demonopolization 95
Participatory Power and Violence 97
Modernity and Violence 99

Chapter 3: Delegitimation/Relegitimation 101
Marsyas 101
Max Stays Seated 102
Permitted, Prohibited, Mandated 103
Civilization and Barbarism 106
Th e I and the Idea of Humanity 110
Disgust 116
Shakespeare and the Dawning Awareness of Violence as Wrong 127
Curtailing Violence and Preserving Trust 145
Relegitimation (1): Th e Rhetoric of Nation and Civilizing Mission 153
Bounding the Nation 167
Th e Guillotine and the Puppy 169
Relegitimation (2): Th e Rhetoric of Eschatological Purge 175
Relegitimation (3): Th e Rhetoric of Genocide 180
Modernity and Its Discontents 184

Chapter 4: Trust in Violence 187
Violence-- Trust-- Power: Th e Devil and the Little Bishop 187
Auschwitz-- Gulag-- Hiroshima 191
Escalating the Instruments of Violence 196
Modernization and the Gang 205
Demodernization and the Gang 219
The Logic of Terror 231
Macbeth 239
Why the Jews? 242
When the Impossible Becomes Possible 246
Trust in Violence and the Role of Personality 248
Trust in Violence and Self- Trust 250

Chapter 5: Violence and Communication 259
Cola Gentile Speaks 259
Sociology's Silence 261
The Disappearance of the Th ird Party 266
Coping (1): Delegitimation by Criminal Procedure and the Exclusion of the Third Party 274
Coping (2): Th e Authority of the Victim and the Replacement of the Third Party 278
Coping (3): Instrumental Interpretation and the Denial of Communication 280
Excursus: A Brief Th eory of the Desperado, or, Did William Tell Really Liberate Switzerland? 287
Displaying the Instruments of Torture-- Again? 302
Angst and Self- Assurance 305
Polonius, His Will and Testament 309

Notes 313
Bibliography 359

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