Paul Dumouchel is Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate School of Core Ethics and Frontier Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan.
"The primary function of the modern state is to protect us from our
own violence. Paul Dumouchel uncovers the hidden paradox behind
this classical thesis: why do states commit massive violence
against their own citizens? The Barren Sacrifice is a
powerful, lively, and clear contribution to penetrate into the
heart of new forms of modern and contemporary political
--Stefano Tomelleri, Professor of Sociology, University of Bergamo