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Violence and the Arts


Let us take each level of art, give an illustration or two from utopian literature and then see its relationship to the presence of violence or nonviolence within the social framework.

In addressing myself to this question of whether the arts could flourish in a nonviolent society, I would like, for the purposes of clarity and simplification, to restrict myself to a discussion of the relation of physical violence and the arts. There is, of course, such a thing as psychological or symbolic violence, but it is a kind of violence which is difficult to define with any reasonable degree of precision.