Community, Violence, and Peace

Community, Violence, and Peace : Aldo Leopold, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Gautama the Buddha in the Twenty-First Century

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Community, Violence, and Peace explores the concept of community and the belief that it can resolve the dilemmas of excessive violence and insufficient peace in the twenty-first century. Herman begins by analyzing two fictional communities, the spiritual community of Plato and the materialistic community of Aldous Huxley. He then investigates four historical communities, the biotic community of Aldo Leopold, the ashramic community of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the beloved community of Martin Luther King Jr., and the karmic community of Gautama the Buddha. After an extensive exploration of the characteristics of these communities and the quandaries that each generates and that renders them objectionable, Herman argues that substituting communal egoism for communal altruism will settle the predicament of violence and peace in the twenty-first century.
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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 150.6 x 227.3 x 15.5mm | 335.66g
  • Albany, NY, United States
  • English
  • Total Illustrations: 0
  • 0791439844
  • 9780791439845

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"Community, Violence, and Peace takes up key questions facing the world today and engages them from the best of Western and Eastern wisdom. How to create community in the face of individualism on the one hand and group violence on the other (especially when nature is included in the consideration) is perhaps the most serious problem facing humanity today." -- Harold Coward, University of Victoria, author of Jung and Eastern Thought "Herman's book is a pure delight. It is cross-cultural philosophy at its best: humane, wide-ranging, at times very witty--altogether a 'must' for all in the fields of comparative philosophy and social ethics." -- Frank J. Hoffman, West Chester University
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About A. L. Herman

A. L. Herman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is the author of several works, including The Problem of Evil and Indian Thought, Second Edition.
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