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A Grand Design for Peace and Reconciliation

Achieving Kyosei in East Asia Edited by Yoichiro Murakami, Graduate School Professor and Othmer Distinguished Professor of Science, International Christian University, Japan and Thomas J. Schoenbaum, Harold S. Shefelman Professor of Law, University of Washington, US
Scholars from Japan and a range of other countries explore in this book the still-unfinished effort to achieve the reconciliation of old enmities left over from past wars in East Asia. They present concrete policy proposals for a ‘grand design’ of peace based on the Japanese concept of ‘kyosei’, a word roughly translated as ‘conviviality’. A positive peace through kyosei means not only the absence of violence, but also the amelioration of past injustices, exploitation and oppression.

The diversity of disciplines represented in the volume—international law and politics, history, philosophy and theology – enrich the contributors’ search for an intellectually appropriate, practically transformative and viable grand theory of peace in the twenty-first century. Chapters address issues such as security in North–South conflict situations, foreign policy strategies for Japan, the perspective of comparative religions, and current skepticism for the possibility of peace and reconciliation.

These insightful and compelling analyses will be of great interest to students and researchers of East Asia and the politics of peace in general.
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Publication Date: 2009
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Scholars from Japan and a range of other countries explore in this book the still-unfinished effort to achieve the reconciliation of old enmities left over from past wars in East Asia. They present concrete policy proposals for a ‘grand design’ of peace based on the Japanese concept of ‘kyosei’, a word roughly translated as ‘conviviality’. A positive peace through kyosei means not only the absence of violence, but also the amelioration of past injustices, exploitation and oppression.

The diversity of disciplines represented in the volume—international law and politics, history, philosophy and theology – enrich the contributors’ search for an intellectually appropriate, practically transformative and viable grand theory of peace in the twenty-first century. Chapters address issues such as security in North–South conflict situations, foreign policy strategies for Japan, the perspective of comparative religions, and current skepticism for the possibility of peace and reconciliation.

These insightful and compelling analyses will be of great interest to students and researchers of East Asia and the politics of peace in general.
‘This is a serious, theory-laden research book that is suitable for scholars of peace studies, East Asian history, international politics, and political philosophy as well as graduate students of political science, international relations, and political theory.’
– Zhiqun Zhu, East Asia Integration Studies
Contributors: S. Chiba, R. Falk, J. Galtung, A. Morimoto, Y. Murakami, K. Mushakoji, L.E.J. Ruiz, T.J. Schoenbaum, P. West, R. Yamaoka
Contents:

Preface

PART I: WHAT KIND OF GRAND THEORY?
1. The Birth of Arts: An Example of Functional Tolerance in Society
Yoichiro Murakami

2. Is Grand Theory Possible Today?
Shin Chiba

3. In Search of a Grand Theory Against the Current of Skepticism
Ryuichi Yamaoka

4. After Grand Theory: Musings on Dialogue, Diversity, and World Formation
Lester Edwin J. Ruiz

PART II: TOWARD THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GRAND THEORY OF PEACE
5. Horizons of a Grand Theory of Peace
Richard Falk

6. Peace Studies and Peace Politics: Multicultural Common Security in North–South Conflict Situations
Kinhide Mushakoji

7. Toward a Grand Theory of Negative and Positive Peace: Peace, Security, and Conviviality
Johan Galtung

PART III: A GRAND DESIGN FOR ACHIEVING KYOSEI IN EAST ASIA
8. Mapping the Sorrows of War
Philip West

9. Foreign Policy Strategies for Japan: A Non-Japanese Perspective
Thomas J. Schoenbaum

10. Toward a Theology of Reconciliation: Forgiveness from the Perspective of Comparative Religion
Anri Morimoto

11. For Realizing Wa and Kyosei in East Asia
Shin Chiba

Index