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by Michael Allen Fox

eBook Understanding Peace: A Comprehensive Introduction download ISBN: 0415715709
Author: Michael Allen Fox
Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 6, 2013)
Language: English
Pages: 344
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Category: Political
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Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Dr. Fox offers a terrific multidisciplinary critique of just war theory, beliefs in both the inevitability of violence in human affairs, as well as of moral commitments to its necessity for resolving conflict. But the book’s greatest strength is its positive moral vision. His argument integrates rigorous philosophical analysis with an exceptional level of empirical awareness to demonstrate and defend the plausibility of a global peace culture.

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бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. Understanding Peace: A Comprehensive Introduction fills the need for an original, contemporary examination of peace that is challenging, informative, and empowering

бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. Understanding Peace: A Comprehensive Introduction fills the need for an original, contemporary examination of peace that is challenging, informative, and empowering. After deconstructing numerous ideas about war and explaining its heavy costs to humans, animals, and the environment, discussion turns to evidence for the existence of peaceful societies.

existentialism, and Understanding Peace: A Comprehensive Introduction in 2013 with Routledge. Fox, Michael Allen, ed. (1980). Schopenhauer: His Philosophical Achievement. In the latter book, Fox presents peace as a way of life and an ideal to be aimed for, asking the question of why humans engage in violent activity and what can be done to prevent violence Select bibliography. Brighton, England: Harvester Press; Totowa, New Jersey: Barnes & Noble. Fox, Michael Allen, and Leo Groarke, eds.

Understanding Peace: A Comprehensive Introduction fills the need for an original, contemporary examination of peace that is challenging, informative, and empowering.

The book offers two new moral arguments against war, and concludes by defining peace carefully from different angles and then describing conditions for creating a culture of peace. Understanding Peace brings a fresh philosophical perspective to discussions of peace, and also addresses down-to-earth issues about effecting constructive change in a complex world.

Michael Allen Fox is Adjunct Professor, School of Humanities, University of New England, Australia, and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Taylor & Francis Ltd (Sales), Routledge.

Understanding Peace: A Comprehensive Introductionfills the need for an original, contemporary examination of peace that is challenging, informative, and empowering. This well-researched, fully documented, and highly accessible textbook moves beyond fixation on war to highlight the human capacity for nonviolent cooperation in everyday life and in conflict situations. After deconstructing numerous ideas about war and explaining its heavy costs to humans, animals, and the environment, discussion turns to evidence for the existence of peaceful societies. Further topics include the role of nonviolence in history, the nature of violence and aggression, and the theory and practice of nonviolence. The book offers two new moral arguments against war, and concludes by defining peace carefully from different angles and then describing conditions for creating a culture of peace. Understanding Peace brings a fresh philosophical perspective to discussions of peace, and also addresses down-to-earth issues about effecting constructive change in a complex world. The particular strength of Understanding Peace lies in its commitment to reflecting on and integrating material from many fields of knowledge. This approach will appeal to a diverse audience of students and scholars in peace studies, philosophy, and the social sciences, as well as to general-interest readers.

Comments: (7)
Fordrellador
Most work in Peace Studies comes out of the social sciences, and while much of it is very strong, most is relatively narrow in scope. Understanding Peace is broadly interdisciplinary in approach, dealing with recent work in fields as diverse as cultural anthropology, evolutionary biology, history, psychology, sociology, political science, and ethics; it also borrows ideas from thinkers and statesmen from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and political orientations. Yet as wide-ranging as it is, the book has a humanist’s sensitivity to context and awareness of how the different sorts of work in the various disciplines inform each other and all help to shed light on the guiding question of how to create a more peaceful world. This holistic perspective is a real strength. What is more, Understanding Peace is not merely a theoretical analysis, but has a practical dimension, and works to show how peace is actually possible in the “real world” and how it should be pursued. Best of all, it incorporates the kind of serious critical engagement with and analysis of received concepts characteristic of rigorous work in philosophy. In fact, comparatively few professional philosophers have devoted much attention to Peace Studies, and Understanding Peace will be a very useful contribution to the field because of the author’s thoughtful and careful philosophical approach. This is a great book. It’s clear and accessible enough to serve as an introduction to the field, and thoughtful, rigorous, and wide-ranging enough to be helpful to people with substantial background in Peace Studies. Its discussions of the preoccupation with violence in the field of history and in the media should be required reading.

Another strength is that this is one of the few works in Peace Studies that addresses connections between interhuman violence and the ways in which human beings treat non-human animals. The author is highly regarded among scholars who work in animal ethics and related fields, and his background in animal ethics enables him to reflect upon questions of peace with an admirable ethical sophistication. The book’s non-anthropocentric stance and its discussion of the importance of taking attitudes towards animals into consideration when thinking about and pursuing peace make Understanding Peace an especially welcome contribution – and challenge – to Peace Studies.
Abuseyourdna
John Lennon famously sang "All we are saying, is give peace a chance." This well written book markets the need for civilization to move towards more pervasive world peace. The author maintains that more peace is possible, practical and critical for 21st Century civilization. Even folks like myself, who volunteered for military service, and still believe in the historic inevitability of interpersonal violence, will learn a lot from this book.
Burking
This is an exceptional book by a philosopher who has been working on issues of peace, and committed to peace building, for a very long time. This is evident in the wide ranging discussion, the careful scholarship, and the depth of the reflection in UNDERSTANDING PEACE. I recommend it, not just as an introduction to the topic, but as a must read for anyone who wishes to understand peace and how to make it possible.
Qumenalu
This is a book for everyone, it's very readable, sensible, and thoughtful. Dr. Fox cites many cultures and epochs, convincingly and powerfully.
Taun
Michael Fox’s book Understanding Peace is an excellent and up-to-date overview of peace issues. It covers all the important aspects of Peace Studies, including nonviolence, post-war peacebuilding and reconciliation, peace journalism, and the relationship between inner and outer peace. Firmly rooted in historical evidence, it also sheds light on a number of contemporary situations. Written in an accessible way, it is also detailed and comprehensive, raising many ethical, moral and philosophical arguments to oppose violence (including towards other animals) and to support nonviolent methods. It is well structured, positive and forward thinking, with a section devoted to the potential for peaceful societies, and a future without war. I recommend it most highly to all scholars and people interested in peace, and have included it in the reading requirements for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in several of the Peace Studies units I teach at the University of New England.
Dr Marty Branagan
Faegal
Dr. Michael Fox has written an excellent book on peace which actually achieves more than its title suggests. While it certainly serves as a fine introduction to the complexity of peace studies it also has a detailed set of arguments for peace and against war and violence. It has a powerful set of arguments against both just war theory and political realism. Drawing from many disciplines including philosophy, history, biology, and political science, Dr. Fox demonstrates that peace is the norm in human life, not the exception, and that the arguments for the inevitability and necessity of war are inconsistent with what is known biologically about human relationships. War is a real and powerful, yet contingent feature of human existence and one for which we have every reason to hope can be brought to an end. Key to ending the hold of war upon human existence is the demilitarization of our consciousness and the consequent transformation of economics, gender and racial relations. Fascinating along many lines, this book rewards a careful read.
Anayalore
What a wonderful book! I couldn’t put it down. Thank you so much. Chapter 7 really put it all together for me. Especially On Being Agents of Change p 268. It makes me want to hear more peace stories (oops, I almost said war stories!) in personal detail. We all need to hear how individuals brought about positive changes in their lives and communities and beyond. We need to live their problems and their solutions, as we try to apply their lessons to our own situations.
When are you going to appear on Jon Stewart or Colbert?