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Understanding Peace Holistically

From the Spiritual to the Political

Scherto Gill and Garrett Thomson

Understanding Peace Holistically: From the Spiritual to the Political argues that spiritually rooted and morally oriented peacefulness is relevant to the socio-economic–political structures that provide the conditions for a culture of peace. As the authors build up a theory of peace from the spiritual to the relational and communal towards the socio-political, this book also identifies key principles that characterise international and institutional processes that nurture peace. The holistic conception of peace developed in this book may guide and inspire individuals, institutions, and international organisations with regards to how to make peace.

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Advance Praise for Understanding Peace Holistically


Advance Praise for

Understanding Peace Holistically

“At a time when peoples’ concerns with global peacelessness are as great as ever, it is salutary to have a new volume with a positive, broad approach to peace. This book critiques the illusions of some traditional paths, yet echoes the idea that peace is as much a means as an end—and that ethics and politics, inner and structural peace, all need fine-tuning at such a critical moment.”

—Nigel Young, Editor in Chief of The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace

“This unusual book takes as its starting point what ought to be a platitude—though writers in peace studies often proceed as though it were not true—namely, that peace studies are concerned with peace. With this as their focus, the authors develop a conception of peace as something that is of value in its own right, not merely as a means to other ends. This is a refreshing and invigorating study of a topic of utmost political significance.”

—Adrian Moore, Professor of Philosophy at St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford

“This unique book provides an important and necessary discussion of peacefulness for its own sake. It should be a must-read for all students and researchers of peace studies.”

—David Cadman, Harmony Professor at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

“The breadth of this book is truly staggering as the authors present a highly original and...

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