Comparative Philosophy in Times of Terror

Comparative Philosophy in Times of Terror

by Douglas Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0739109960

ISBN-13: 9780739109960

Pub. Date: 08/28/2006

Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc

Ever since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, concerns about violence, terror, and terrorism have dominated our contemporary lifestyle. Is religion a part of the problem or the solution? Can philosophical reflection help us to understand terror, violence, and insecurity? Can comparative philosophy and religion help us to overcome ethnocentrism,

Overview

Ever since the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, concerns about violence, terror, and terrorism have dominated our contemporary lifestyle. Is religion a part of the problem or the solution? Can philosophical reflection help us to understand terror, violence, and insecurity? Can comparative philosophy and religion help us to overcome ethnocentrism, dangerous stereotypes, and think about new approaches to violence and terror? The authors of these timely studies provide brilliant insight into violence and terror as formulated by Plato, Aristotle, the Buddha, Confucius, Af-Farabi, Nietzsche, Dewey, Ueshiba, Gandhi, and Abdul Ghaffar Khan. Their diverse voices consider the threat of violence from various standpoints, taking religious and philosophical discourse as the starting point of the approach. This is a hopeful volume that offers new creative insights for the future. These studies allow us to analyze the real problems of violence, terror, and insecurity in much broader and deeper ways, and they present new approaches that offer possibilities for greater nonviolence, security, and peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739109960
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
08/28/2006
Series:
Studies in Comparative Philosophy and Religion Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction   Douglas Allen     vii
Religious Violence: A Philosophical Analysis   John M. Koller     1
Mahatma Gandhi After 9/11: Terrorism and Violence   Douglas Allen     19
Responding to Terror: An Aristotelian Approach   Anna Lannstrom     41
Pragmatic Lessons in Times of Terror   Sor-hoon Tan     53
Wisdom and Violence: The Legacy of Platonic Political Philosophy in Al-Farabi and Nietzsche   Peter S. Groff     65
Jihad as Right Effort: A Buddhist Justification of Jihad in the Life of Abdul Ghaffar Khan   Jim Highland     83
Standing Up to Terrorists: Buddhism, Human Rights, and Self-Respect   Christopher W. Gowans     101
The Bodhisattva Code and Compassion: Mahayana Buddhist Perspective on Violence and Nonviolence   Wendy Donner     123
Rootlessness and Terror: Violence and Morality from a Zen Perspective   Michael G. Barnhart     139
Eliminating the Root of All Evil: Interdependence and the De-Reification of the Self   Jeffrey D. Long     155
Loneliness: A Common Fate for Philosophy and Terrorism?   Vance Cope-Kasten     171
Gender, Violence, and the Other   Joanne D. Birdwhistell     183
Confucian Perspectives on War andTerrorism   Kirill O. Thompson     195
Great Teacher and Great Soul: Ueshiba and Gandhi on Personal Violence   C. Wesley DeMarco     211
Himsa and Ahimsa in the Martial Arts   Judy D. Saltzman     231
Index     241
About the Contributors     255

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