İhsan Oktay Anar’s fifth novel Suskunlar (2007) explores the social causes of violence and underscores how a certain form of violence has been persisting throughout history, because its roots lie in a certain way of thinking that has not only prevailed during the Ottoman period, but is still visible today. In this novel Anar views Platonic philosophy through the critique of French philosopher Jacques Derrida’s concept of logocentrism, as Derrida claims that logocentrism has a long history in Western philosophy and goes back to Plato and beyond. The major reason for the critique of logocentrism lies in the fact that this system of thought relies on a dualist way of thinking that is hierarchical and leads to the marginalisation of those who do not fit into the superior pair of binary opposites. In Suskunlar, Anar underscores the deconstructive power of a form of love that combines compassion and humility, because only such a kind of love can break the boundaries of opposites and recombine what has been separated. Doing so Anar underscores society’s underlying violence and hypocrisy.