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The Moral ImaginationThe Art and Soul of Building Peace$
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John Paul Lederach

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195174540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195174542.001.0001

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The Imperative of the Moral Imagination

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The Moral Imagination

John Paul Lederach (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter argues that if we are to survive as a global community, we must understand the imperative nature of giving birth and space to the moral imagination in human affairs. We must face the fact that much of our current system for responding to deadly local and international conflict is incapable of overcoming cycles of violent patterns precisely because our imagination has been corraled and shackled by the very parameters and sources that create and perpetrate violence. The stories in this book recount ways that people in the worst of conditions spawned precisely that kind of imagination. Four pathways to assist its birth, and the significant implications of these pathways for peacebuilding and for the conducting of human affairs in general are discussed.

Keywords:   peacebuilding, conflict resolution, moral imagination, global community, international conflict

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