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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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On Touching the Moral Imagination

On Touching the Moral Imagination

Four Stories

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The Moral Imagination

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This chapter presents four stories on transcending violence and discusses the morals behind them. The first story involves the emergence of peace amidst the ethnic conflict in Ghana during the 1990s. The second story details how women of Wajir — a district in northeastern Kenya — stopped a war. The third story tells how a group of peasants in Colombia dealt with the violence of numerous armed groups that traversed their lands and demanded their allegiance. The fourth story involves the Tajikistan civil war and how one professor talked philosophy with one of the warlords and convinced him to join peace negotiations with the government.

Keywords:   violence, Ghana, ethnic conflict, women, Wajir, Colombia, peasants, Tajikistan, civil war

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