Comparative Philosophy in Times of Terror

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Overview

Ever since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 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 and dangerous stereotypes and to 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, Al-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 volume offers hopeful and 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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Table of Contents

1 Religious violence : a philosophical analysis 1
2 Mahatma Gandhi after 9/11 : terrorism and violence 19
3 Responding to terror : an Aristotelian approach 41
4 Pragmatic lessons in times of terror 53
5 Wisdom and violence : the legacy of Platonic political philosophy in Al-Farabi and Nietzsche 65
6 Jihad as right effort : a Buddhist justification of Jihad in the life of Abdul Ghaffar Khan 83
7 Standing up to terrorists : Buddhism, human rights, and self-respect 101
8 The Bodhisattva code and compassion : Mahayana Buddhist perspective on violence and nonviolence 123
9 Rootlessness and terror : violence and morality from a Zen perspective 139
10 Eliminating the root of all evil : interdependence and the de-reification of the self 155
11 Loneliness : a common fate for philosophy and terrorism? 171
12 Gender, violence, and the other 183
13 Confucian perspectives on war and terrorism 195
14 Great teacher and great soul : Ueshiba and Gandhi on personal violence 211
15 Himsa and Ahimsa in the martial arts 231
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