The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace

Front Cover
Oxford University Press, USA, Jan 20, 2005 - Religion - 216 pages
John Paul Lederach's work in the field of conciliation and mediation is internationally recognized. As founding Director of the Conflict Transformation Program and Institute of Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, he has provided consultation and direct mediation in a range of situations from the Miskito/Sandinista conflict in Nicaragua to Somalia, Northern Ireland, the Basque Country, and the Philippines. His influential 1997 book Building Peace has become a classic in the discipline. This new book represents his thinking and learning over the past several years. He explores the evolution of his understanding of peacebuilding by reflecting on his own experiences in the field. Peacebuilding, in his view, is both a learned skill and an art. Finding this art, he says, requires a worldview shift. Conflict professionals must envision their work as a creative act - an exercise of what Lederach terms the "moral imagination."

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - johnthefireman - LibraryThing

A good book for those who are uneasy at the increased bureaucratisation of peace and the influence of the ever more technocratic peace industry. Although Lederach is one of the leaders in strategies ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - opinion8dsngr - LibraryThing

This book aims high and, in my opinion, largely fails. When I began this book, fellow classmates told me that I would appreciate it as I am a student of conflict transformation and the creative ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2005)

John Paul Lederach is one of the world's foremost experts on peacebuilding and reconciliation. He is Professor of International Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and Distinguished Scholar at Eastern Mennonite University's Conflict Transformation Program. Among his many books are The Journey Toward Reconciliation (1999) and Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies (1997).

Bibliographic information