The Ethics of Nonviolence Essays by Robert L. Holmes

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2013-06-20
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Robert Holmes is one of the leading proponents of nonviolence in the United States, and his influence extends to the rest of the world. However, he has never presented his views on nonviolence in full-length book form. The Ethics of Nonviolence brings together his best essays on the topic, both classic works and more obscure pieces, as well as several important essays that have never been published.

Holmes started his career by following Dewey and James, and then turned toward metaethics. The Vietnam War finally led him toward moral problems related to war and violence. For the last forty years he has been a great proponent of nonviolence and pacifism in the style of Tolstoy and Gandhi.

If ethics is meant to be more than a purely academic exercise, the theoretical ethics of philosophy must be shown to be relevant to applied morality; the ongoing process of making moral judgments must add value to the world we live in. For Robert Holmes, no aspect of reality is more in need of ethical thinking and reform than the culture of war and violence that cannot be ignored. There are morally viable alternatives to this violence, Holmes argues, and he scrutinizes the sources and implications of such positions. Holmes shows that nonviolence and pacifism can lead us toward a more peaceful and humanely dignified world.

Author Biography

Predrag Cicovacki is Professor of Philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross, MA, USA. He has published over fifty philosophy papers published in English, Serbian, German, Russian, Chinese, and Slovenian and is the author or editor of nine books, including Albert Schweitzer's Ethical Vision: A Sourcebook (with Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2009).Robert L. Holmes is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Rochester, USA. His main research is in philosophy of war, the ethics of nonviolence, and contemporary moral problems. He is the author of Basic Moral Philosophy (Wadsworth, 4th edition, 2006) and On War and Morality (Princeton University Press, 1989), co-author of Philosophical Inquiry (Prentice Hall, 2nd edition, 1968), and co-editor of Nonviolence in Theory and Practice (Wadsworth, 3rd edition, 1990). He has published over 75 scholarly papers.

Table of Contents

Introduction / 1. The Development of John Dewey's Ethical Thought / 2. John Dewey's Moral Philosophy in Contemporary Perspective / 3. Is Morality a System of Hypothetical Imperatives? / 4. Consequentialism and its Consequences / 5. The Limited Relevance of Analytical Ethics to the Problems of Bioethics / 6. The Concept of Corporate Responsibility / 7. University Neutrality and ROTC/ 8. The Philosophy of Political Realism in International Affairs: Two Currents in the Twentieth-Century American Thoughts / 9. The Concept of Physical Violence in Moral and Political Affairs / 10. War, Power, and Nonviolence / 11. Terrorism, Violence, and Nonviolence / 12. The Challenge of Nonviolence in the New World Order / 13. St. Augustine and the Just War Theory / 14. Pacifism and Weapons of Mass Destruction / 15. Pacifism, Just War and Humanitarian Intervention / 16. Understanding Evil from the Perspective of Nonviolence / 17. Toward a Nonviolent American Revolution / 18. The Challenge of Nonviolence for the Twenty-First Century / 19. My (Non-)Teaching Philosophy / 20. An Interview with Robert Holmes / Bibliography of Holmes' Publications / Index

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