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Elaine Scarry

  • Injury is the thing every exhausting piece of strategy and every single weapon is designed to bring into being: it is not something inadvertently produced on the way to producing something else but is the relentless object of all military activity.

  • The way we act toward 'others' is shaped by the way we imagine them. ... the human capacity to injure other people is very great precisely because our capacity to imagine other people is very small.

    • Elaine Scarry,
    • "The Difficulty of Imagining Other People," in Martha C. Nussbaum, For Love of Country: Debating the Limits of Patriotism ()

Elaine Scarry, U.S. educator, writer

(1946)