Seville Statement

Violence in a Comprehensive Perspective

Author: Camilla Pagani
Institution: Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, Italy
Year of publication: 2014
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Pages: 148-161
DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/kie.2014.05.09
PDF: kie/105/kie10509.pdf

This paper addresses some issues that I consider to be particularly important in order to better understand and possibly countervail the phenomenon of violence. It especially focuses on the following points: a) the concept of violence; b) the Seville Statement on Violence and the possibility of revisiting and updating it; c) emotional and cultural factors as causes of violence; d) a proposal of a new perspective on the study of the relations between ingroup and outgroup; e) the possible role of the awareness of the existence of death in the context of human violence; f) the necessity of including violence against animals in the study of human violence.

Why a Statement on Violence? Violence Can Be Psychobiologically Tamed

Author: J. Martin Ramirez
Institution: Hoover Institution, Stanford University, USA
Year of publication: 2014
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Pages: 182-192
DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/kie.2014.05.11
PDF: kie/105/kie10511.pdf

The Seville Statement on Violence (SSV) was originated by a launched UN-Committee of the International Society for Research on Aggression (ISRA) in the late seventies of the past century. Its final product, elaborated by more than twenty scholars from different scientific disciplines and from all continents, was presented in 1986 at the VI Coloquio Internacional sobre Cerebro y Agresión (CICA) in Seville. Three years later, it was endorsed by the 25th General Conference of UNESCO in Paris. Its main message was that violence, and consequently war too, are avoidable and aggressiveness can be tamed. The present article comments what were the main reasons which urged to elaborate it, and some difficulties found on the way.

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