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,

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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.

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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

1Religious violence : a philosophical analysis1
2Mahatma Gandhi after 9/11 : terrorism and violence19
3Responding to terror : an Aristotelian approach41
4Pragmatic lessons in times of terror53
5Wisdom and violence : the legacy of Platonic political philosophy in Al-Farabi and Nietzsche65
6Jihad as right effort : a Buddhist justification of Jihad in the life of Abdul Ghaffar Khan83
7Standing up to terrorists : Buddhism, human rights, and self-respect101
8The Bodhisattva code and compassion : Mahayana Buddhist perspective on violence and nonviolence123
9Rootlessness and terror : violence and morality from a Zen perspective139
10Eliminating the root of all evil : interdependence and the de-reification of the self155
11Loneliness : a common fate for philosophy and terrorism?171
12Gender, violence, and the other183
13Confucian perspectives on war and terrorism195
14Great teacher and great soul : Ueshiba and Gandhi on personal violence211
15Himsa and Ahimsa in the martial arts231

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