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The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace

John Paul Lederach


This book poses the question, “How do we transcend the cycles of violence that bewitch our human community while still living in them?” Peacebuilding, in the view of this book, is both a learned skill and an art. Finding this art, this book says, requires a worldview shift. Conflict professionals must envision their work as a creative act — an exercise of what the book terms the “moral imagination.” This imagination must, however, emerge from and speak to the hard realities of human affairs. The peacebuilder must have one foot in what is and one foot beyond what exists. The book is organized a ... More

Keywords: peacebuilding, moral imagination, vocation, violence, human community, worldview

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195174540
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195174542.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Paul Lederach, author
University of Notre Dame
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