Logica Universalis

, Volume 10, Issue 2–3, pp 359–371 | Cite as

Violence Hexagon

Moral Philosophy Through Drawing
  • Lorenzo MagnaniEmail author


In this article I will show why and how it is useful to exploit the hexagon of opposition to have a better and new understanding of the relationships between morality and violence and of fundamental axiological concepts. I will take advantage of the analysis provided in my book Understanding Violence. The Intertwining of Morality, Religion, and Violence: A Philosophical Stance. Springer, Heidelberg/Berlin, 2011) to stress some aspects of the relationship between morality and violence, also reworking some ideas by John Woods concerning the so-called epistemic bubbles, to reach and describe my own concept of moral bubbles. The study aims at providing a simple theory of basic concepts of moral philosophy, which extracts and clarifies the strict relationship between morality and violence and more, for example the new philosophical concept of overmorality. I will also conclude that this kind of hybrid diagrammatic reasoning is a remarkable example of manipulative explanatory abduction—through drawing—in the spirit of “conceptual structuralism”, promoted by Robert Blanché and further developed by Jean-Yves Béziau.


Hexagon of opposition morality violence epistemic bubbles moral bubbles overmorality manipulative abduction 

Mathematics Subject Classification

Primary 03A05 Secondary 03B42 03B65 03B80 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy Section and Computational Philosophy Laboratory, Department of HumanitiesUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly

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