The Routledge Handbook of Pacifism and Nonviolence

Andrew Fiala

February 21, 2018 by Routledge
Reference - 402 Pages
ISBN 9781138194663 - CAT# Y227082
Series: Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy


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  • The first comprehensive reference to cover all major facets of pacifism and nonviolence, including philosophical, religious, historical, and psychological approaches to the subject,
  • Offers 33 chapters, written by a widely respected team of researchers from around the world
  • Written to be accessible for anyone approaching the subject for the first time, though it also will be a valuable and much consulted reference for all individuals interested in the subject
  • Broken up into four sections: (1) History, Culture, and Religion; (2) Ethical Issues; (3) Politics and International Affairs; (4) Applied Nonviolence, each with its own section introduction
  • Suggested Further Reading lists are included for each chapter and the volume concludes with a comprehensive bibliography and index


Interest in pacifism—an idea with a long history in philosophical thought and in several religious traditions—is growing. The Routledge Handbook of Pacifism and Nonviolence is the first comprehensive reference designed to introduce newcomers and researchers to the many varieties of pacifism and nonviolence, to their history and philosophy, and to pacifism’s most serious critiques. The volume offers 32 brand new chapters from the world’s leading experts across a diverse range of fields, who together provide a broad discussion of pacifism and nonviolence in connection with virtue ethics, capital punishment, animal ethics, ecology, queer theory, and feminism, among other areas. This Handbook is divided into four sections: (1) Historical and Tradition-Specific Considerations, (2) Conceptual and Moral Considerations, (3) Social and Political Considerations, and (4) Applications. It concludes with an Afterword by James Lawson, one of the icons of the nonviolent American Civil Rights movement. The text will be invaluable to scholars and students, as well as to activists and general readers interested in peace, nonviolence, and critical perspectives on war and violence.


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