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On the Gift of Pessimism

John Paul Lederach

in The Moral Imagination

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195174540
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835409 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195174542.003.0006
 On the Gift of Pessimism

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This chapter addresses two questions: what do people who live in settings that are moving from war to peace teach us about the challenge of understanding the nature of genuine constructive social change? And in turn, what do these insights and challenges suggest to us about the nature and place of the moral imagination in human affairs? Insights and lessons learned from interaction with people in these settings are discussed. It argues that to sustain constructive change, the moral imagination will need to address the challenges posed by the paradoxes of what makes change genuine.

Keywords: war; peace; social change; moral imagination; constructive change

Chapter.  5858 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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