Hamblet – Harvesting the Human

Wendy Hamblet – Harvesting the Human: Force and Persuasion in Human Societies Concerned Philosophers for Peace Newsletter Online Excerpt: Cultures are nothing but epistemic communities, sites where a people’s experiences are assigned collective meanings, evolving worldviews where truths, inherited from the past (“traditions”), are endlessly reinterpreted and reconstructed to articulate and explain new realities, new collective experiences of new generations that demand new explanatory … [Read more...]

Walking with Gandhi at 100 by Gail Presbey

Presbey, Gail M. "Walking with Gandhi: 100 Years of Satyagraha," Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Vol. 26.2 (Fall 2006) On this 100th anniversary of Gandhi’s first satyagraha action of September 11, 1906 in South Africa, I find myself reflecting on Gandhi’s method of walking, or marching, to his goal. Gandhi would organize and orchestrate long marches which would swell with people and arrive at specific symbolic destinations. The marches wed physical endurance with mental … [Read more...]

Peace Studies between Infinities by Ian Harris

Harris, Ian. "Peace Studies between the Two Infinities," Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Vol. 26.2 (Fall 2006) Between the terror of war and the promise of justice we struggle. On the one hand, the study of violence leads us to contemplate the horror of World Wars, omnicide through weapons of mass destruction, and the dreadfulness of human cruelty. Gazing at Goya’s etchings, “The Disasters of War,” we witness the horror of humans torturing others. On the other hand, the … [Read more...]

Renouncing the Territorial Impulse of Zionism by Norman K. Swazo

Swazo, Norman K. "Renouncing the Territorial Impulse of Zionism: An ‘Unorthodox’ Commentary," Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Vol. 26.2 (Fall 2006) Students of Middle East policy who are observers of the scene of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute have long had a tendency to see the State of Israel as the proper vanguard of a post-Holocaust Jewry intent on ‘Never more!’ being faced with the prospect of genocide.1 To sustain ‘Jewish powerlessness’ (of the sort European Jews … [Read more...]

Tripoli: 9th Provisional World Parliament by Patricia Murphy

Murphy, Patricia. "Tripoli: 9th Provisional World Parliament," Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Vol. 26.2 (Fall 2006) I was glad to encounter two other Concerned Philosophers for Peace when I arrived at the World Parliament in Tripoli, Libya on April 11th. Drs. Nikolay Biryukov and Alexander Chumakov, both of Russia, contributed important ideas and questions to our legislative sessions during the Parliament, which passed Bills banning the production of fissile materials … [Read more...]