Comparative Philosophy and Religion in Times of Terror

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Douglas Allen
Lexington Books, Jan 1, 2006 - Philosophy - 257 pages
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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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Contents

Religious Violence A Philosophical Analysis
1
Mahatma Gandhi after 911 Terrorism and Violence
19
Responding to Terror An Aristotelian Approach
41
Pragmatic Lessons in Times of Terror
53
Wisdom and Violence The Legacy of Platonic Political Philosophy in alFarabi and Nietzsche
65
Jihad as Right Effort A Buddhist Justification of Jihad in the Life of Abdul Ghaffer Khan
83
Standing Up to Terrorists Buddhism Human Rights and SelfRespect
101
The Bodhisattva Code and Compassion A Mahayana Buddhist Perspective on Violence and Nonviolence
123
Eliminating the Root of All Evil Interdependence and the DeReification of the Self
155
Loneliness A Common Fate for Philosophy and Terrorism?
171
Gender Violence and the Other
183
Confucian Perspectives on War and Terrorism
195
Great Teacher and Great Soul Ueshiba and Gandhi on Personal Violence
209
Himsa and Ahimsa in the Martial Arts
229
Index
241
About the Contributors
255

Rootlessness and Terror Violence and Morality from a Zen Perspective
139

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Douglas Allen is professor of philosophy at the University of Maine.

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