How to Think About War and Peace

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Mortimer Adler writes in his introduction: In thinking about war and peace, as in thinking about other basic practical problems, the man who brings general ideas and principles to bear upon particular problems and formulations has a unique advantage. He can make effective contact with the concrete and the immediate without losing a dispassionate vision of the universal and the timeless. He can exercise that critical detachment necessary for a thoughtful, rather than an emotional, judgement upon the conflicting ...
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Overview


Mortimer Adler writes in his introduction: In thinking about war and peace, as in thinking about other basic practical problems, the man who brings general ideas and principles to bear upon particular problems and formulations has a unique advantage. He can make effective contact with the concrete and the immediate without losing a dispassionate vision of the universal and the timeless. He can exercise that critical detachment necessary for a thoughtful, rather than an emotional, judgement upon the conflicting policies which solicit his adherance.How to think About War and Peace discusses immediate issues in terms of eternal principles, viewing present problems in the large perspectives that history and philosophy can provide. This book engages in a timeless project not contingenton current events, but cumulated from a continuing history of the battle between war and peace. Written in the midst of the Second World War, Adler's purpose was not to proffer how to make peace after the end of the war, but rather to instruct how to think about peace and war and how to continue this process to maintain peace, or, how to effect its establishment.
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A collection of interviews with Americans who publicly opposed the Vietnam War and traveled to Hanoi between 1965 and 1972 to demonstrate their commitment toward ending the conflict. Those interviewed include Noam Chomsky, former US attorney general Ramsey Clark, and Nobel-prize winner George Wald, as well as various professors, ministers, members of the Communist Party, members of Women Strike for Peace, and pacifists. For general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823216437
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mortimer J. Adler was the director of the Institute for Philosophical Research in Chicago and a member of the board of editors of the Encyclopedia Brittanica.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the 1995 Edition
A Plea to the Reader
Preface
Pt. 1 The Problem of Peace
1 The Questions Men Must Face 3
2 The Answers Men Have Given 8
Pt. 2 The Possibility of Peace
3 The Inevitability of War 27
4 The Abnormality of War 32
5 What Peace Is 44
6 How Peace Is Made 55
7 The Only Cause of War 69
8 The Right and Wrong of Sovereignty 84
9 The Peace of Angels 101
10 Civil War 110
11 The Degrees of Peace 113
12 A Society of Men 136
13 The Inexorable Alternative 152
Pt. 3 The Probability of Peace
14 An Optimistic View of History 167
15 The Future of Democracy 178
16 Progress Toward Peace 188
17 The Physics of Peace 209
18 The Economic Community 221
19 The Obstacles to Peace 230
20 Revolution for Peace 254
21 Education for Peace 265
Pt. 4 The Practicality of Peace
22 Ends 281
23 Means 288
24 The Long Run 296
Bibliography of Quoted Matter
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