Community, Violence, and Peace: Aldo Leopold, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Gautama the Buddha in the Twenty-First Century

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SUNY Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 245 pages
Community, Violence, and Peace explores the concept of community and the belief that it can resolve the dilemmas of excessive violence and insufficient peace in the twenty-first century. Herman begins by analyzing two fictional communities, the spiritual community of Plato and the materialist community of Aldous Huxley. He then investigates four historical communities, the biotic community of Aldo Leopold, the ashramic community of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the beloved community of Martin Luther King Jr., and the karmic community of Gautama the Buddha. All six communities call for and profess to lead to the reduction of violence and the increase in peace. After an extensive exploration of the characteristics of these communities and the quandaries that each generates and that renders them objectionable, Herman argues that substituting communal egoism for communal altruism will settle the predicament of violence and peace in the twenty-first century.
 

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Contents

Something about Community
5
Aldo Leopold and the Biotic Community
47
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and the Ashramic Community
76
Martin Luther King Jr and the Beloved Community
116
Gautama the Buddha and the Karmic Community
149
Conclusion Community and the TwentyFirst Century
181
Notes
217
Some Suggestions for Further Reading
233
Index
239
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A. L. Herman is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He is the author of several works, including The Problem of Evil and Indian Thought, Second Edition.

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