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CPP PoP: Spiritual and Political Dimensions of Nonviolence and Peace

Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Vol. 26.2 (Fall 2006)

BOERSEMA, David and GRAY BROWN, Katy, Eds. Value Inquiry Book Series 182: Philosophy of Peace (Amsterdam, New York: 2006) VII, 266 pp. Pb: 978-90-420-2061-0; 90-420-2061-X; € 55 / US$ 69.
This book is a collection of philosophical papers that explores theoretical and practical aspects and implications of nonviolence as a means of establishing peace. The papers range from spiritual and political dimensions of nonviolence to issues of justice and values and proposals for action and change.


Katy GRAY BROWN: Introduction: Beyond Safe Ground

Part One: Spiritual Dimensions

Jerald RICHARDS: Spirituality, Religion, Violence, and Nonviolence

Joseph KUNKEL: The Spiritual Side of Peacemaking

William C. GAY: Apocalyptic Thinking versus Nonviolent Action

Part Two: Political Dimensions

Anas KARZAI, Marianne VARDALOS: Understanding “Operation Enduring Freedom ” through the Persistence of Sacrifice, Revenge, and the Gift of Cruel Economies

Gail PRESBEY: Strategic Nonviolence in Africa: Reasons for its Embrace and Later Abandonment by Nkrumah, Nyerere, and Kaunda

Charles Martin OVERBY: The Treasure of Japan ’s Article 9: The World ’s Foremost Law for Peace, Justice, and Nonviolent Conflict Resolution

JOHN KULTGEN: “Faceless Coward ”: Bush’s Anti-Terrorism Rhetoric
Part Three: Justice and Values

Maria H. MORALES: No Justice, No Peace
Michael Patterson BROWN: Sharing a Sense of Justice: The Role of Conscience in Political Protest

David BOERSEMA: Taking Compromise Seriously

Andrew KELLEY: Kant on Freedom, Happiness, and Peace

Part Four: Action and Change

William C. GAY: A Normative Framework for Addressing Peace and Related Global Issues

Beth J.SINGER: On Language and Social Change

John KULTGEN: Making a Man of Her: Women in the Military

Ian M. HARRIS: Assumptions behind Different Types of Peace Education


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CPP PoP: Problems for Democracy

Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Vol. 26.2 (Fall 2006)

KULTGEN, John and Mary LENZI, Eds. Value Inquiry Book Series 181: Philosophy of Peace (Amsterdam, New York: 2006) XXIII, 278 pp. Pb: 978-90-420-2060-3 ; 90-420-2060-1. € 60 / US$ 75.

This book, based on the premise that democracy promotes peace and justice, explores theoretical and practical problems that can arise or that have arisen in democratic polities. Contributors address, with clarifying analyses, such theoretical issues as the relationship between recursivist metaphysics and democracy, the relationship between the economic and political orders, and the nature of justice. Contributors offer, as well, enlightening resolutions of practical problems resulting from a history of social, political or economic injustice.


Judith PRESLER: Editorial Foreword

John KULTGEN: Preface

John KULTGEN and Mary LENZI: Acknowledgments

Donald A.WELLS, Ronald J. GLOSSOP, Beth J.SINGER, and Mary LENZI: Introduction: Is There a Connection between Democracy and Peace?

Part One: Divisions in Society and Obstacles to Democratic Discourse

Ron HIRSCHBEIN and Jason SUPPUS: Semiotics of Meaninglessness: Cornel West ’s Explication of Inner-City Nihilism

Howard HARRIOTT: Moral Pessimism and the Ideals of Democracy

Edward SANKOWSKI: South African Democracy, Multi-Culturalism, Rights, and Community

Gilburt GOFFSTEIN: Exploring Problems of Democracy with Perspectives of Jürgen Habermas and Zen Buddhism

Jerald RICHARDS: Hiroshima, Morality, and Democracy

Part Two: Public Participation in Political and Economic Processes

William C. GAY: Democracy in Market Economies

Thomas CHRISTIANO: Political Equality and the Independent Power of Private Property

Beth J. SINGER: Rights and Affirmative Action

Judith PRESLER: The Procedural Republic

Matthew SILLIMAN: Living Democracy Despite the Rule of Law: Civil Disobedience as Political Narrative

Part Three: Democracy and Routes to Peace

Donald A.WELLS: Unnecessary Suffering and Superfluous Injury

Brian LUKE: Exclusion of Soldiers from War-Making Decisions

Ali ERRISHI: Recursive Metaphysics Is Bad for Democracy

Andrew KELLEY: Toward a Reformulation of the Doctrine of Pacifism

Gregory P. FIELDS: Gandhi and Dewey: Education for Peace

Mary LENZI: Philosophers, Peace, and Problems for Democracy


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CfP: CPP at Pacific APP

Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Vol. 26.2 (Fall 2006)

Call for Presentations

Concerned Philosophers for Peace Symposium at Pacific APA
San Francisco April 3-8
Ethics of Self-Defense

The realization that virtually every adversary claims to act in self-defense raises numerous possibilities for philosophical analysis. These possibilities include the following problematics:

What is the meaning of self-defense in an era of unprecedented lethal weapony, ambigous threats, and non-state actors?

What is permissible: What if any limits should be imposed on self-defense?

How can self-defense be justified? Is the right of self-defense simply intuitively obvious? Should it be scaffolded upon Just War Theory? Is it dervied from natural law? Or should self-defense be seen as the inevitable outcome of realpolitk?

Please e-mail proposed presentations to Ron Hirschbein [] by Nov. 1.

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Book: Moral Vision by Duane Cady

Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Vol. 26.2 (Fall 2006)

Moral Vision: How Everyday Life Shapes Ethical Thinking by Duane L. Cady Rowman & Littlefield $21.95 paper ISBN 0-7425-4494-X May, 2005 134pp

“A deeply felt, wonderfully clear and heartening book. MORAL VISION reflects decades of writing and teaching about theories of war by a philosopher actively engaged in nonviolent projects, waging peace. Duane Cady’s revisionary moral concepts enable us to think against violence, to see nonviolence as reason’s dream.” * Sara Ruddick, author of MATERNAL THINKING: Toward a Politics of Peace

What is moral reasoning? Are we being reasonable when we make moral decisions if we cannot supply compelling arguments, criteria, necessary and sufficient conditions, decisive empirical evidence and the like?

In MORAL VISION, Duane L. Cady critiques the contemporary inclination to model reason after textbook natural science, noting that our values are not conclusions of proofs or derivations but frameworks in which such reasoning may take place, frameworks that we struggle to understand and explain. Cady goes on to suggest a rich conception of reason beyond that of stereotypical science, one that reflects aesthetic, historical, experiential, and pluralistic aspects of moral thinking, one that widens and deepens descriptions of how moral thinking typically happens.

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New Computer Game: A Force More Powerful

Posted in Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace Vol. 26 (Spring – Summer 2006)

Can a computer game teach how to fight real-world adversaries—dictators, military occupiers and corrupt rulers, using methods that have succeeded in actual conflicts—not with laser rays or AK47s, but with non-military strategies and nonviolent weapons?

Such a game, “A Force More Powerful (AFMP)”, is now available. A unique collaboration of experts on nonviolent conflict working with veteran game designers has developed a simulation game that teaches the strategy of nonviolent conflict. A dozen scenarios, inspired by recent history, include conflicts against dictators, occupiers, colonizers and corrupt regimes, as well as struggles to secure the political and human rights of ethnic and racial minorities and women.

“A Force More Powerful” is the first and only game to teach the waging of conflict using nonviolent methods. Destined for use by activists and leaders of nonviolent resistance and opposition movements, the game will also educate the media and general public on the potential of nonviolent action and serve as a simulation tool for academic studies of nonviolent resistance.

For more Info please visit the website at:

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The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society

Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace Vol. 26 (Spring – Summer 2006)

The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society, is a biannual publication devoted to the examination of the theory and practice of nonviolence, especially as it relates to the philosophies of Gandhi and King. The Acorn was founded by Ha Poong Kim. Currently issues of The Acorn are published with the support of St. Bonaventure University.

Papers submitted for publication in The Acorn should be submitted both in hard copy and on disk or via e-mail, preferably in Microsoft Word format. Submissions may be up to 8,000 words in length (approximately 32 typed pages, double spaced). Shorter papers or essays are welcome. Papers should follow M.L.A. style. Papers about which there is some question regarding either quality or appropriateness are presented for blind review to members of our editorial board. Approximately half of all submissions are published.

The Acorn accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts. Unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope, no manuscript will be returned. The Acorn welcomes letters to the editor. The Acorn reserves the right to edit or shorten all submissions.

Subscriptions to The Acorn (two issues per year) are $12.00 (U.S. funds) for all subscribers. Checks should be made payable to The Acorn or to The Gandhi-King Society.

Papers and queries may be directed to:
The Acorn
Box 13
St. Bonaventure University
St. Bonaventure, NY 14778 U.S.A
e-mail: bgan (at)
phone: 716-375-2275

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Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict (Wisconsin Institute)

Posted in the Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace Vol. 26 (Spring – Summer 2006)

The Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict, the journal of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (ISSN 1095-1962) publishes a variety of scholarly articles, essays, and poetry on topics such as war, peace, global cooperation, domestic violence, and interpersonal conflict resolution; including questions of military and political security, the global economy, and global environmental issues. We wish to promote discussion of both strategic and ethical questions surrounding issues of war, peace, the environment, and justice.

The Wisconsin Institute is committed to a balanced review of diverse perspectives. Submissions are welcome from all disciplines. Our intended audience includes scholars from a wide range of interests within the university community and educated members of the larger public. The format allows the publication of original previously-unpublished works of sufficient length to give authors the opportunity to discuss a particular topic in depth. Other forms of creative writing are invited. Contributors should avoid submissions accessible only to specialists in their field.

The Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict may also include book reviews. Persons interested in reviewing should contact the editor.

Submissions should be a maximum of 25 pages, double-spaced. All manuscripts should be composed in MS Word using Bookman Old Style, 10-point font. Citations are to be in the body of the text, e.g., (Jones, p.35), with a full bibliography at the end of the article. Do not use footnotes. Content notes should be placed at the end of the manuscript. Include separately a brief bio statement with a note that includes your institution, your email and mailing addresses, and work phone number.

Submissions for 2006-2007 issue are due June 16, 2006. Five copies of each submission should be sent to the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, UWSP, LRC, 900 Reserve Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481. In addition, supply the manuscript electronically to

Please visit the institute website for more information:

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Santoni Serves as Delegate at UN Conference

Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace, Vol. 1.2 (Fall 1991)

Ronald E. Santoni (Denison University) was a delegate at a special UN Conference for Peace Messenger organizations. Co-sponsored by the Soviet Peace Fund, the conference was held in Dagomys, Sochi, USSR on June 10-14 and focused on possibilities for peace in the 21st century. Santoni was a delegate for IPPNO and was selected to be “rapporteur” and spokesperson for a special working group of the conference concentrating on International Peace and Global Security. He also addressed the plenary session on “Nuclear Weapons: Moral Grounds for Their Abolition.”

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Hypatia Special Issue: Feminism & Peace

Call For Papers

Call for papers for a Special Issue of Hypatia on “Feminism and Peace.” This volume will explore a range of issues concerning the interconnections between feminist philosophy and peace studies. Papers are welcome on a variety of topics, including (but not limited to) the following: the nature of a feminist peace politics or a feminist peace ethic; the relevance and implications of various feminist philosophies (e.g., liberal feminism, Marxist feminism, radical feminism, socialist feminism, ecological feminism, postmodernist feminism) for an understanding of the just war and pacifist traditions; feminist perspectives on the morality of war and the morality of violence; feminist discussions of philosophical connections between the practices and ideologies of militarism, nuclearism, imperialism and violence toward those perceived as “other;” feminist analyses of the relevance of race, gender, and class to discussions of war, peace, and various forms of institutional and interpersonal violence; critical examinations of male gender-biased language in the contexts of discussions of war, peace, and violence toward women; gendered conceptions of the body and sexuality as they relate to issues of war, peace, and “domestic violence;” feminist analyses of prostitution, rape, pornography, sexual harassment and other forms of sexual abuse in the context of a feminist peace politics; ecofeminist perspectives on connections between women, peace, and the nonhuman natural environment; feminist explorations of the philosophical significance of women’s peace camps and non-violent actions; and feminist analyses of Gandhian satyagrahas as strategies of resistance.

The guest editors for this Special Issue are Karen J. Warren and Duane L. Cady. Submissions should be sent in quadruplicate to: Karen J. Warren, Philosophy Department, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101. Deadline for Submissions: March 15, 1993. Publication Date: April, 1994.

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Friedman, Howard. “IPPNO News.” Newsletter of the Concerned Philosophers for Peace V11.2 (Fall 1991)

CURRENT HISTORY. On 3-14-91 John Somerville, seriously ill for more than a year, resigned as President of North American IPPNO and asked Paul Allen, then Secretary, to take over. On 9-17-91, after considerable consultation, Paul asked Ron Santoni and Howard Friedman, respectively, to be President and Executive Secretary. Both accepted with Paul and John (the latter’s health permitting) remaining on the Advisory Board. One task of the present executives and all others concerned is to redefine the mission of IPPNO, given the diminished present threat of omnicide. My own view is that IPPNO’s central focus should be the attainment of peace, however this latter may be viewed, but that the larger circle of IPPNO’s concerns extend to any global issue that might become peace-threatening. Arguments for other views are encouraged: out of this interchange a new IPPNO–and a new constitution–will arise.
Is IPPNO’s name also to be modified? Time will tell. At the very least, in the interest of continuity for the present IPPNO will keep the acronym, ‘IPPNO,’ but define its scope differently. Since the North American section of IPPNO has been the chief locomotive in energizing the entire IPPNO structure, this section will shortly reach out through the IPPNO coordinator, Tom Daffern, to other IPPNO sections to establish closer ties and to stimulate the formation or renewal of activities.

What of the relation between IPPNO and CPP? I attended the CPP meeting in Knoxville specifically to begin rebuilding bridges. I said then, with Ron’s concurrence, that although the particulars are open and to be defined in practice, our intention is to be totally cooperative, non-competitive and wherever possible mutually complementary. In the same spirit, I noted how regrettable difficulties had arisen in the past between the two groups and that we would take all steps possible to avoid any recurrences.

PLANNED MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES. 1) IPPNO meeting, Eastern Division, APA, Sun., Dec. 29 1991; 9-11am, Broadhurst/Belasco Room, Mariott Hotel, NYC. Topic: War and Its Victims. Papers include “The Effects of War on Children” and “Current Estimates of Nuclear Warfare Casualties.” Business meeting will follow talks. Contact Barbara Wall, see below. 2) A plenary session on War and Violence is being organized by IPPNO and CPP for the Second International Congress on Violence, Montreal, July 13-17, 1992. IPPNO is an official sponsor and Ron Santoni is preparing this session. Papers will be chosen on merit without regard to organizational affiliation. Please contact Ron asap , see below. 3) An international conference, European Conversations on Peace, will be held in the autumn, 1992 in London and then in Brussels or Paris. Contact Daffern, see below. 4) IPPNO plans to hold its next international conference in connection with the XIXth World Congress of Philosophy, Moscow, 1993. The conference theme is Mankind at a Turning Point, Philosophical Perspectives. Contact Friedman or Santoni, see below.

ACTIVISM. I am proposing a Network of Correspondence whose members will originate letters-to-the-editor and op-ed articles and transmit these to all other members so that one article can be placed in many local papers and magazines. I invite volunteers to serve as members and coordinators for the Network. Contact Friedman, see below.

JOURNAL OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF PEACE. To be an international, multi-perspectival, interactive, refereed electronic journal. Sections will contain articles, electronic roundtable discussions, reprints of classical articles not easily obtainable, notes, reviews, peace-relevant data, current bibliography, announcements, etc. All submitted articles are to be refereed. (All referring is blind, so serving as a referee does not preclude contributing to the Journal as well.) Issue editors, assistants,and those interested in developing an authoritative bibliography, or in taking charge of any particular section, are also needed. Contact Friedman, see below.

Howard FRIEDMAN, Phil. Dept., Univ. of Connecticut at Waterbury, Waterbury, CT 06710. Tel. (w) 203 757-1231 (Tell operator before being connected you wish to leave a message if no answer.) (h) 203 283-4485. Bitnet FRIEDMAN@UCONNVM. Internet FRIEDMAN@UCONNVM.UCONN.EDU. FAX 203 754-8540. Ronald E. SANTONI, Phil. Dept., Denison Univ., Granville, OH 43023. Tel. (w) 614 587-6318 (h) 614 587-2327. Bitnet Santoni@Denison. Internet SANTONI@MAX.CC.DENISON.EDU. FAX 614 587-6417. Barbara Wall, Phil. Dept.,Villanova Univ., Villanova PA 19085. Tel. (w) 215 645-4690. Bitnet QUILTER@VILLVM. Internet QUILTER@UCIS.VILL.EDU. FAX 215 645-4496. Tom DAFFERN, Peace House, 31 Pembroke Rd., London N15 4NW. Tel. from US 011 44 81 801-9981. Also, Initiative for Peace Studies, Inst.of Education, Univ. of London. FAX 071 436-2186.

Howard Friedman is Executive Secretary, North American IPPNO