CFA: CPP @ APA Central 2022

Concerned Philosophers for Peace

2022 Central Division Program, Palmer House Hilton

Chicago, IL, February 23-26, 2022.

Call for Abstracts

SESSION 1: Celebrating the Work of Bat-Aman Bar On

Bat-Ami Bar On, professor of philosophy, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Judaic Studies at Binghamton University, director of the university’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, passed away in 2020. Professor Bar On was a vibrant, brilliant, and deeply thoughtful person, and we invite abstracts on papers that engage with Bar On’s life, work, and impact on nonviolence and peace.

               Her philosophical interests were diverse, but all connected with a thread of responding to violence. From the most individualized (constitution of violent bodies), to the more international—refugees and what we ought to do for them. Her final published article was on Fascism (“But Is It Fascism?”), but her latest interest were refugees.

SESSION 2:  General Session On Nonviolence, Peace, and Related Topics

We invite abstracts dealing with any topic relevant to nonviolence and peace studies.

Submission Guidelines

Submit: an abstract (with bibliography) of no more than 500 words, prepared for blind review

Send to: Court Lewis (

Write: “APA 2022 submission” in subject line

Deadline: August 20, 2021

Format: submit only files in .doc, .docx, or .pdf.

Include: name, institutional affiliation, e-mail address, and paper title in the body of your e-mail

Acceptance notices will be sent by September 1, 2021

About Concerned Philosophers for Peace

Concerned Philosophers for Peace is the largest, most active organization of professional philosophers in North America involved in the analysis of the causes of violence and prospects for peace. Concerned Philosophers for Peace is committed to an inclusive and productive environment where all can discuss the study of peace and nonviolence and how it impacts our social and political lives. More information at Concerned Philosophers for Peace website:, our Facebook page, and our YouTube channel.

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New volume: Civility, Nonviolent Resistance, and the New Struggle for Social Justice

CPP is very pleased to share information about the newest Philosophy of Peace volume from Brill:

Civility, Nonviolent Resistance, and the New Struggle for Social Justice

Amin Asfari, editor Volume 342

Please support our series by ordering for your libraries.

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The Peace of Nature and the Nature of Peace

Essays on Ecology, Nature, Nonviolence, and Peace

Brill Publishers

Edited by Andrew Fiala, Fresno State University

The essays collected in The Peace of Nature and the Nature of Peace consider connections between ecology, environmental ethics, nonviolence, and philosophy of peace. Edited by Andrew Fiala, this book includes essays written by important scholars in the field of peace studies, pacifism, and nonviolence, including Michael Allen Fox, Andrew Fitz-Gibbon, Bill Gay, and others. Topics include: ecological consciousness and nonviolence, environmental activism and peace activism, the environmental impact of militarism, native and indigenous peoples and peace, food ethics and nonviolence, and other topics.

The book should be of interest to scholars, students, and activists who are interested in the relationship between peace movements and environmentalism.

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Peace Philosophy and Public Life

Peace Philosophy and Public Life: Commitments, Crises, and Concepts for Engaged Thinking. Moses, Greg and Gail Presbey (Eds.) Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2014, XVIII, 185 pp.

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In these pages, you will likely grasp the utility, not just the curiosity, of reconsidering any number of ways in which we speak and think, including what we mean by “we” when discussing foreign affairs, what we mean by “nationalism,” by “terrorism,” or by “humanitarianism.” Why do we assume that forgiveness has no place in public policy while overlooking those cases in which we unwittingly demand and expect it? We reject arguments from authority as consumers and voters but not—this book suggests—when we listen to law enforcement. Why? — View David Swanson’s Foreword to Peace Philosophy and Public Life at “Let’s Try Democracy.”

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To a world assaulted by private interests, this book argues that peace must be a public thing. Distinguished philosophers of peace have always worked publicly for public results. Opposing nuclear proliferation, organizing communities of the disinherited, challenging violence within status quo establishments, such are the legacies of truly engaged philosophers of peace. This volume remembers those legacies, reviews the promise of critical thinking for crises today, and expands the free range of thinking needed to create more mindful and peaceful relations.

With essays by committed peace philosophers, this volume shows how public engagement has been a significant feature of peace philosophers such as Camus, Sartre, Dewey, and Dorothy Day. Today we also confront historical opportunities to transform practices for immigration, police interrogation, and mental health, as we seek to sustain democracies of increasing multicultural diversity. In such cases our authors consider points of view developed by renowned thinkers such as Weil, Mouffe, Conway, and Martín-Baró. This volume also presents critical analysis of concepts for thinking about violence, reconsiders Plato’s philosophy of justice, and examines the role of ethical theory for liberation struggles such as Occupy!


CPP @ APA – Pacific 2014

April 16, Wednesday Evening, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Westin Gaslamp Quarter
910 Broadway Circle
San Diego, California 92101

Group Meeting G2A

Concerned Philosophers for Peace

Topic: Philosophy, Peace, and Exigent Circumstances


Ron Hirschbein (Walden University)
“‘Hell No! We Won’t Go!’: Vietnam Draft Resistance”

Ovadia Ezra (Tel Aviv University)
“Civil Disobedience: A Refusenik’s Perspective”

George Larkin (Walden University)
Tanya Settles (Walden University)
“Ethics and Exigent Circumstance”

Commentator: Kevin Darnell (U.S. Naval War College)


CPP – APA Central (Feb. 27, 2014)

Thursday Evening, February 27: 5:30–7:30 p.m.

Group Session GIII-9 : Concerned Philosophers for Peace

Session Topic: “Forgiveness, Letting Die, and Species Neutrality”

Chair: Greg Moses (Texas State University)

Title: “The Problem of Identity in Forgiveness”

Presenter: Wim Laven, Doctoral student in International Conflict Management, Kennesaw State University

Title: “Dangers of Letting Die in Conflict Situations”

Presenter: Court Lewis, Instructor of Philosophy, Owensboro Community and Technical College

Title: “Must Pacifism Be Species Neutral?”

Presenter: Carlo Filice, Professor of Philosophy, SUNY – Geneseo

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Call for Chapters – Struggles for Recognition: Nonviolent Movements for Individual and Group Recognition

When individuals, peoples and states struggle for recognition conflict often ensues. How can those who study peace have a positive impact on these struggles? Are there ways of channeling the conflicts that surround attempts to gain political and social recognition into constructive and nonviolent resolution? What tools can philosophers bring to these struggles that might help bring about such constructive and nonviolent resolutions?

The CPP Board and David Ritchie (Mercer University) invite contributions on the topic of nonviolent/peaceful struggle for recognition for a forthcoming volume David is editing entitled: Struggles for Recognition: Nonviolent Movements for Individual and Group Recognition.

It is envisioned that this volume will serve as a venue for publication of some of the papers presented at the 2012 Concerned Philosophers for Peace conference (“Struggles for Recognition”) but we invite contributions from other scholars whose works investigate peaceful and nonviolent struggles for political, social, or religious recognition.

This collection of essays will be submitted to Rodopi’s Philosophy of Peace series, which has historically published proceedings of Concerned Philosophers for Peace conferences. All submissions should address questions of war, peace, and nonviolent social & political change from a pluralist perspective.

Anyone interested in contributing a chapter should submit a paper, suitably prepared for blind review, to David Ritchie at no later than 1 May 2013. Papers should be roughly 6000 words, including notes and bibliography, and should use the author-date system of referencing.


CPP @ APA Central, Feb. 17, 2012

Concerned Philosophers for Peace:
Group Meeting Central APA
February 15-18, 2012
Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL

Session Title: “Philosophies of Nonviolence”
Friday, Feb. 17
7:30pm – 10:30pm

Chair: Danielle Poe
CPP President


“Tolstoy’s Ethics of Christian Love and Nonviolence”
Predrag Cicovacki
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA

“The Philosophy of Nonviolence of the Late American Philosopher J. Glenn Gray”
Paul Churchill
George Washington University

“Peace through . . . ? Exploring Peacebuilding Initiatives”
Tracey Nicholls, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Lewis University

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Remembrance and Reconciliation

The following is a new publication which might interest you. 
At the moment it is offered with 30% discount until March 15th*. More information at

Remembrance and Reconciliation

Edited by Rob Gildert and Dennis Rothermel

Amsterdam/New York, NY 2011. IX, 144 pp. (Value Inquiry Book Series 225)

ISBN: 978-90-420-3265-1   (Paper)

ISBN: 978-90-420-3266-8   (E-Book)

Online info:

Remembrance and reconciliation envision intentional pathways out of conflict and toward peace. Remembrance retraces the junctures in the past that determined what a nation has become. Probing accountability for past actions establishes accountability for what continues to happen. Revisiting what a nation has done brings the perspectives of the peoples of those nations into view.

Dennis Rothermel: Preface
Dennis Rothermel: Introduction
Duane L. Cady: Remembering the Present
Eddy Souffrant: Vulnerability and Beneficence: Remembering the Past for the Sake of Peace
Joseph Betz: Homeland Security, Fiduciary Care, and Duties to Foreign Nationals
Joseph C. Kunkel: Forgetting and Not Reconciling Hiroshima
Dennis Rothermel: Introduction
Robert Paul Churchill: Compassion and Reconciliation
David Boersema: What’s Wrong with Victims’ Rights?
Rob Gildert: Pedagogy and Punishment: A Unitarian Argument for Restorative Justice
Andrew Fitz-Gibbon: Perpetual Violence? Mimesis and Anamnesis
William C. Gay: Language and Reconciliation
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