Between Global Violence and the Ethics of Peace

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-02-09
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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The book offers a philosophical analysis of violence as a global problem and its challenges to ethics. In the nuclear age, the use of military force as a political instrument threatens the future of humanity. The contributors examine the problems of structural and direct violence, war and peace, human rights, toleration, and the ethics of international relations and co-responsibility in a globalized world. Drawing on a vast range of philosophical traditions - Taoist, Hellenic, and Western - they show the relevance of an ethics of nonviolence in search for peaceful alternatives. They examine Kant's idea of perpetual peace and its development by the theorists of "discourse ethics" and of "cosmopolitan democracy." The true solution to the problem of securing peace and protecting human rights can be achieved not by hegemonic unilateralism and force, but only by peaceful means, based on international law and institutions, such as a properly reformed UN.

Author Biography

Edward Demenchonok has worked as a senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, and is currently a professor of foreign languages and philosophy at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, USA. He is listed in 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 21st Century and is a recipient of the Twenty-First Century Award for Achievement in Philosophy from the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, UK. He is president of the International Society for Universal Dialogue. His numerous books and articles are in the fields of the philosophy of culture, social philosophy of culture, social philosophy, and ethics.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Philosophy After Hiroshima: From Power Politics to the Ethics of Nonviolence and Co-Responsibility
Historical Consciousness And Co-Responsibility
Globalization and Violence: The Challenge to Ethics
The Democratic Peace Myth: From Hiroshima to Bahdad
The Holocaust Sublime: Singularity, Representation, and the Violence of Everyday Life
Can Historical Responsibility Strengthen Contemporary Political Culture
The Project of Reconciliation and the Road to Redemption: Hegel's Social Philosophy and Nietzsche's Critique
Stopping The Violence: Modes Of Response
No More Hiroshimas and Sharp Weapons
Relevant Hellenic Factors Favoring Effective Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence
The Grounding of Forgiveness: Martha Nussbaum on Compassion and Mercy
Striving For Human Rights
Human Rights: Historical Learning in the Shadow of Violence
The Universal Concept of Human Rights as a Regulative Principle: Freedom Versus Paternalism
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