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Peace Education: Exploring Some Philosophical Foundations

Page, James S. (2004) Peace Education: Exploring Some Philosophical Foundations. International Review of Education, 50(1), pp. 3-15.

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Abstract

Peace education has been accepted as an important aspect of social education over the past three decades, although as yet there been little attention within the critical literature and within official documents towards developing and articulating philosophical foundations for peace education. This essay explores the possibility that such foundations might be located within 1) virtue ethics, 2) consequentialist ethics, 3) aesthetic ethics, 4) conservative political ethics, and 5) the ethics of care. Each of the above is important, although ultimately a thorough basis for peace education can only be established through an integrative approach to the above foundations, an approach that mirrors much of the emphasis within UN and UNESCO initiatives to encourage a culture of peace. The importance of peace education is often accepted as given by those committed to peace education, although the development and articulation of the philosophical rationale for peace education remains an important task for the future.

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ID Code: 3650
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: peace education, Friedenserziehung, l'education a la paix, la educacion para la paz, social education, human right, Preamble, Charter, United Nations, UNESCO, Constitution, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations General Assembly, UNICEF, UNGA, Hague Appeal for Peace, legitimacy, philosophical rationale, deontological, fideistic, educational rationale, hegemonic violence, status quo, critique, fideistic, hortative, virtue ethics, social civility, personal aggression, violence, ethical conduct, diminution, character development, harmony, co, operation, harmonious and co, operative relations, nonviolence, intrapersonal peace, interpersonal peace, nonviolent action, inner commitment, truth, satyagraha, truth, force, agent, based ethics, what you are, who you are, consequentialist ethics, utilitarian philosophy, utilitarianism, utilitarian, alternatives to violence, alternatives to injustice, unnecessary suffering, war and social injustice, danger, nuclear war, political decisions, reliance on nuclear weapons, nuclear disarmament, social reconstructionism, critical literacy, critical insight, unjust social structures, social dangers, moral responsibility, aesthetic ethics, moral ethics, Kantian, Kantianism, duty, sympathy, inclination, rehabilitation, unity of aesthetics and ethics, beautiful, desirable, aesthetic judgments, value judgments, valuable and worthwhile, initiation into worthwhile activities, peaceful relationships, inherently worthwhile activity, value, free education, conservative political ethics, intellectual conservatism, popular conservatism, aversion, violent social change, precipitous, apriori, stable nation, state, conservative intellectual tradition, political ideology, social change, gradual, orderly, social transformation, immobilism, reaction, peace advocates, peaceful social change, orderly social change, continuity with past experience, continuity with the past, human imperfectability, utopian, nationalism, statist, statism, totalitarian, ethics of care, care ethics, feminine ethics, feminist ethics, feminine perspective, naturally caring, women, men, nurturing, fathering, mothering, relationships, principles, perceptions, just, kindness, rights, duties, discourse of rights and duties, Gandhian thought, ahisma, love, force, casuation of war, war causation, supportive relationships, learn peace, integrative approach, Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace, attitudes, values and behaviours, global warfare, imperial warfare, maldistribution of global resources, exploitation, culture of violence, personal relationships, thorough rationale, Heesoon Bai, Birgit Brock, Utne, David Carr, Jan Steutel, Manuel Davenport, Marcus Duwell, Marcia Eaton, Josef Fruchtl, Johan Galtung, Carol Gilligan, Ilan Gur, Ze'ev, Magnus Haavelsrud, Ian Harris, Linda Forcey, David Hicks, Rosalind Hursthouse, Francis P, Hutchinson, Frank Hutchinson, Andre Leverkuhn, John Mack, Stephen Marks, Eric Markusen, John Harris, Coleman McCarthy, Alasdair McIntyre, Mohandas Gandhi, Nel Noddings, Michael Oakshott, Mitsuo Okamoto, James Smith Page, James S, Page, James Page, Richard Peters, R, S, Peters, Anthony Quinton, Amiram Raviv, Louis Oppenhiemer, Daniel Bar, Tal, Betty Reardon, Marguerite Rivage, Seul, Jacques, Bernard Roumanes, Sara Ruddick, avriel Salomon, Baruch Nevo, Albert Schweitzer, Daniel Thomas, Toh Swee, Hin, Michael Klare, Jean, Pierre Wils
DOI: 10.1023/B:REVI.0000018226.19305.6c
ISSN: 1573-0638
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Ethical Theory (220305)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Political Theory and Political Philosophy (160609)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Social Philosophy (220319)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Hermeneutic and Critical Theory (220307)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Theory (160806)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > PHILOSOPHY (220300) > Aesthetics (220301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100) > Applied Ethics not elsewhere classified (220199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > International Relations (160607)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Springer
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Deposited On: 07 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2010 22:39

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