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Johan Galtung, one of the founders of modern peace studies, provides a wide-ranging panorama of the ideas, theories and assumptions on which the study of peace is based. The book is organized in four parts, each examining the one of the four major theoretical approaches to peace. The first part covers peace theory, exploring the epistemological assumptions of peace. In Part Two conflict theory is examined with an exploration of nonviolent and creative handling of conflict. Developmental theory is discussed in Part Three, exploring structural violence, particularly in the economic field, together with a consideration of the ways of overcoming that violence. The fourth part is devoted to civilization theory.

Implications: Peace, War, Conflict, Development
Implications: Peace, war, conflict, development
Cosmology and the Ideas of Development and Peace

The problem to be explored in this chapter is as follows: given the postulates in Table 2.1 in the previous chapter about the deep culture, or cosmology, of six civilizations – Occident I, Occident II, Indic, Buddhic, Sinic, Nipponic – and particularly how they construct Nature, Self, Society, World, Time, Transperson, Episteme, what are we to expect in terms of ideas, theories, and practice, of peace and development! Not as a deductive exercise with an already given answer, knowing, for instance, the theory and practice of Occident I in both fields. This is more a question of articulating the postulates in the direction of our concerns, although much of ...

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