Practical Pacifism

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Algora Publishing, 2004 - 245 páginas
The United States has a unique responsibility and opportunity to use democracy to end war; but, after 9/11, many can no longer imagine pacifism in any form. Practical Pacifism argues for an approach to peace that aims toward a moral consensus that is developed pragmatically through dialogue aimed at overlapping consensus. Andrew Fiala is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanistic Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He has written many articles for Philosophy in the Contemporary World, Metaphilosophy, Res Publica, the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and The Humanist.

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Preface
1
Chapter 1 Practical Pacifism
5
For Philosophers Only
31
The Human Roots of Political Violence
37
Chapter 3 Absolute Pacifism and Just War Theory
59
Chapter 4 Citizenship Epistemology and the Just War Theory
85
Chapter 5 Violence Terrorism and War
105
Chapter 6 Terrorism and the Philosophy of History
129
Chapter 7 Alienation Information and War
153
Despair and Eschatology
177
Chapter 9 The Melioristic Imperative of Liberal Hope
205
Chapter 10 Democracy Philosophy and Peace
225
Index
243
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Página 61 - For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Página 60 - You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil, But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also...
Página 65 - I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance : against such there is no law.
Página 90 - The element of truth behind all this, which people are so ready to disavow, is that men are not gentle creatures who want to be loved, and who at the most can defend themselves if they are attacked; they are, on the contrary, creatures among whose instinctual endowments is to be reckoned a powerful share of aggressiveness.
Página 177 - O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.
Página 137 - The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military — .is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it...
Página 21 - Others, as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders, serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as they rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God. A very few, as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men, serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it. A wise man will only be useful as a man,...
Página 177 - And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might ; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein : so the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.
Página 85 - Hence the less government we have the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal Government is the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual...
Página 114 - Thus political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness. Defenceless villages are bombarded from the air, the inhabitants driven out into the countryside, the cattle machinegunned, the huts set on fire with incendiary bullets: this is called pacification.

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