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Practical Pacifism

Fiala, Arthur

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ISBN 10: 087586290X / ISBN 13: 9780875862903
Published by New York, New York, U.S.A.: Algora Pub, 2004
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Title: Practical Pacifism

Publisher: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Algora Pub

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

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As American citizens, where do we stand in regard to the actions our soldiers are taking our name?
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 beyond religion toward a moral consensus that is developed pragmatically through dialogue aimed at overlapping consensus.

This work is a closely-reasoned argument for a practical commitment to pacifism in light of the way in which war is currently waged.

Practical Pacifism looks at just war theory, the doctrine of double effect, John Rawls and Lao-Tse, utopianism and Machiavellianism, presenting a closely reasoned argument for a practical commitment to pacifism in light of the way in which war is currently waged.

Pondering the question from many angles, the author argues for an approach to peace that aims beyond religion toward a moral consensus that is developed pragmatically.

The United States may have a unique responsibility and opportunity to use democracy to end war; Fiala enlists the great thinkers and the outlines of recent history to lead the debate.

Like Simon Wiesenthal s 1976 book, The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness, Practical Pacifism challenges the reader to define his beliefs about justice, compassion, and human responsibility. Under what circumstances is aggression forgivable? How can we be sure aggression is warranted?

This book will be a stimulating resource for classes debating issues in the Middle East and the moral dilemmas that face the world s sole superpower. Index, Footnotes.

About the Author:

Andrew Fiala writes for a general audience interested in politics and war. His first book, The Philosopher's Voice: Philosophy, Politics, and Language in the 19th Century, was published in 2002 by the State University of New York Press. An Associate Professor of Philosophy and Humanistic Studies associated with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 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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