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Non-violence, Peace and Justice: A Philosophical Introduction (Paperback)
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Non-violence, Peace and Justice: A Philosophical Introduction (Paperback)

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This title presents a philosophical approach to questions of violence and nonviolence, war and peace, and justice as well as injustice in human affairs. This book is an exercise in both applied philosophy and comparative philosophy, with a primary emphasis on the ethical issues at stake in thinking about violence in human affairs generally, war especially, and the related quest for social justice. It offers the reader a broad introduction to underlying assumptions, values, concepts, theories, and the historical contexts informing much of the current discussion worldwide regarding these morally crucial topics and their wide-ranging variations. It provides brief summaries and analyses of a wide range of relevant belief systems, philosophical positions, and policy problems. While not first and foremost a book of advocacy, it is clearly oriented throughout by the ethical preference for nonviolent strategies in the achievement of human ends and a belief in the viability of a socially just, and thus truly peaceful, human future. It also maintains a consistently skeptical stance towards the all-too-easily accepted apologies, past and present, for violence, war, and the continuation of injustice. This is a broad ranging survey of many of the key figures and ideas in Peace Studies from a philosophical perspective written for an undergraduate audience. There is a bibliography of key works following each chapter.

Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781551119960
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 12 mm


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"I've been searching a long time for a text like this. Christensen has written an exceptionally clear, careful, and engaging introduction to some of the most important moral and epistemological issues that arise when we think critically about the practice of war, the pursuit of peace and-most generally-the culture of violence within which our lives are embedded. I was especially pleased to see that Christensen makes extensive use of Peace Studies, and that he spends many pages exploring the philosophical foundations of that discipline. It's both rare and encouraging to see a philosopher grapple seriously with such challenging and fertile topics as positive peace, ahimsa (nonviolence), institutional violence, pacifism, peacebuilding and peace activism." - Mark Vorobej, Associate Professor of Philosophy and former Director of the Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University


"I've been searching a long time for a text like this. Christensen has written an exceptionally clear, careful, and engaging introduction to some of the most important moral and epistemological issues that arise when we think critically about the practice of war, the pursuit of peace and--most generally--the culture of violence within which our lives are embedded. I was especially pleased to see that Christensen makes extensive use of Peace Studies, and that he spends many pages exploring the philosophical foundations of that discipline. It's both rare and encouraging to see a philosopher grapple seriously with such challenging and fertile topics as positive peace, ahimsa (nonviolence), institutional violence, pacifism, peacebuilding and peace activism." -- Mark Vorobej, Associate Professor of Philosophy and former Director of the Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University


"I've been searching a long time for a text like this. Christensen has written an exceptionally clear, careful, and engaging introduction to some of the most important moral and epistemological issues that arise when we think critically about the practice of war, the pursuit of peace and--most generally--the culture of violence within which our lives are embedded. I was especially pleased to see that Christensen makes extensive use of Peace Studies, and that he spends many pages exploring the philosophical foundations of that discipline. It's both rare and encouraging to see a philosopher grapple seriously with such challenging and fertile topics as positive peace, ahimsa (nonviolence), institutional violence, pacifism, peacebuilding and peace activism." -- Mark Vorobej, Associate Professor of Philosophy and former Director of the Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University

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