Choose Peace : A Dialogue Between Johan Galtung and Daisaku Ikeda
'The present dialogue betwen these two eminent thinkers is fascinating and often profound, covering a broad spectrum of intellectual moral and spiritual issues. The dialogue is itself an illustration in miniature of what Ikeda means by 'diverse cultures coexisting in a symbiotic state of mutual respect', which he hopes will become symbolic of the 21st century. Peace researchers should find this illustratiojn challenging but eminently inspiring.' Journal of Peace Research
- Paperback | 184 pages
- 137.2 x 213.4 x 10.2mm | 226.8g
- 20 Oct 1995
- PLUTO PRESS
- London, United Kingdom
Back cover copy
In Choose Peace, Johan Galtung and Daisaku Ikeda - two leading figures in international peace studies - explore the interface between Buddhism and nonviolent solutions to global conflict. Far from abstract, their search inspires concrete proposals that are directly relevant to the political agendas of today, such as the death penalty, nationalism and unification, fundamentalism, arms reduction and the proliferation and supervision of nuclear technology and the role of the United Nations in peacekeeping initiatives. Presented as a dialogue between the two men, Choose Peace identifies sources of global violence and unrest and demonstrates the role of Buddhism in formulating peaceful solutions.
'The present dialogue betwen these two eminent thinkers is fascinating and often profound, covering a broad spectrum of intellectual moral and spiritual issues. The dialogue is itself an illustration in miniature of what Ikeda means by 'diverse cultures coexisting in a symbiotic state of mutual respect', which he hopes will become symbolic of the 21st century. Peace researchers should find this illustratiojn challenging but eminently inspiring.' --Journal of Peace Research
About Johan Galtung
Johan Galtung founded the International Peace Research Institute in Oslo in 1959 and is the author of many essays and works on peace, including Searching for Peace (Pluto Press, 2000) and Transcend and Transform (Pluto Press, 2004). Currently Professor of Peace Studies at six universities, he is the holder of the Right Livelihood Award 1987 and the Norwegian Humanist Prize 1988. Daisaku Ikeda is a leading figure in the international Buddhist movement, president of the Buddhist lay organisation Soka Gakkai International (SGI) and founder of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy and Soka University. His publications include Choose Peace: A Dialogue with Johan Galtung (1995).
Table of contents
Learning and doing: Norway; accepting challenges; philosophers from the masses; learning from giants; opening the door; ways of learning; realists of the head, idealists of the heart; works speak louder than words; optimists; webs of love; straight to the heart. History persists: citizens of the world; article nine; a Pacific civilisation; masterful communicators; the floodgate of free expression; socialism - pro and con; perestroika; whether the formerly socialist nations?; unification; the 20th Century. The feasibility of non-violence: Gandhi (1) - optimism; Gandhi (2) - non-violence versus structural violence; Gandhi (3) - an unclouded eye; Gandhi (4) - religious breadth; the death penalty; sublimating aggressive instincts. Religion as transformation: universal life-resonance; the interconnectedness of all things; the nature of the sacred; tolerance; buddhism, merits and demerits; a new, global mahayana. Putting the people in charge: grass-roots power; philosophical perspective; rights as universal norms; Japanese views of human rights; philosophical basis; the rights of the whole human race. A new world order: After socialism; fires of nationalism; fundamentalism; cultural relativism; United Nations, reorganisation; United Nations, development and environmental protection; United Nations, civic-participation system; United Nations, Japan's international contributions; the haves and the have-nots; an approach to global problems; armament of the apocalypse; proliferation and supervision of nuclear technology; arms reduction; global government.