Scholars from Japan and a range of other countries discuss the still-unfinished effort to achieve the reconciliation of old enmities left over from past wars in East Asia. The contributors develop concrete policy proposals for a 'grand design' 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 injustices, exploitation, oppression and unfairness left over from the past.
Contents:Introduction: On the Task of Forming a Grand Theory of PeacePART I: WHAT KIND OF GRAND THEORY?1. The Birth of Arts: Examples of Functional Tolerance in SocietyYochichiro Murakami2. Is Grand Theory Possible Today? Shin Chiba3. In Search of a Grand Theory against the Current of SkepticismRyuichi Yamaoka4. After Grand Theory: Musings on Dialogue, Diversity, and World FormationLester Edwin J. RuizPART II: TOWARD THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GRAND THEORY OF PEACE5. Horizons of a Grand Theory of PeaceRichard Falk6. Peace Studies and Peace Politics: Multicultural Common Security in North-South Conflict SituationsKinhide Mushakoji7. Toward a Grand Theory of Positive and Negative Peace: Peace, Security, and ConvivialityJohan GaltungPART III: A GRAND DESIGN FOR ACHIEVING KYOSEI IN EAST ASIA8. Mapping the Sorrows of WarPhilip West 9. Foreign Policy Strategies for Japan: A Non-Japanese PerspectiveThomas Schoenbaum10. Toward a Theology of Reconciliation: Forgiveness from the Perspective of Comparative ReligionAnri Morimoto11. For Realizing Wa and Kyosei in East AsiaShin Chiba
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