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Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy

A Theory of Truces

Authors: Eisikovits, Nir

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This book argues that understanding truces is crucial for our ability to wind down wars. We have paid too much attention to the idea of permanent peace, yet few conflicts end in this way. The book describes how truce makers think, which truces can be morally justified and provides a philosophical history of truce making in the Western tradition.

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Nir Eisikovits is Associate Professor of Legal and Political Philosophy at Suffolk University in Boston, US, where he directs the program in Ethics and Public Policy. He writes and teaches about transitional justice and the ethics of war.

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'In A Theory of Truces, Nir Eisikovits aims to revive interest in the often ignored and disparaged idea of a truce. Against the assumption that war and peace are the only options, he shows why truces are often better than continued warfare or seeking peace under impossible circumstances. Through careful analysis, interesting discussions of a variety of thinkers, and insightful case studies, Professor Eisikovits shows how truces can save lives and diminish hostilities when peace is unattainable'. - Stephen Nathanson, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Northeastern University, USA, and author of Terrorism and the Ethics of War.

'In this original and highly interesting book, Nir Eisikovits breaks free from the traditional dichotomy of war and peace and suggests a different theoretical model for resolving conflicts, obtaining stability and reducing casualties. In the midst of the debate about the Iranian accord and the deadlock in the peace process in the Middle East, the author presents a new philosophical and moral dictionary, which may help not only in theory but in practice, not only in truce thinking but also in truce making, namely in managing conflicts, buying time and mainly: avoiding wars and armed conflicts'. - Professor Gabriela Shalev, Ono Academic College, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations

'In this splendid exercise in nonideal theory, Eisikovits looks at what to do in the real world when perfect ideals of peace and reconciliation may hang out of reach. Skillfully steering around the shoals of realpolitik and defeatism about peace, he shows us how 'truce thinking' can be morally principled as well as valuable in practice. This seemingly modest approach to containing violence can profoundly transform our thinking about what counts as peace. It makes clear why we value freedom from violence too much to sacrifice it and our fellow human beings on the altar of perfect or perpetual peace. This book fills a blank between pacifism and just war thinking with a sane, humane, and morally persuasive case for containing violence when we can for as long as we can in our very imperfect circumstances.' - Margaret Urban Walker, Donald J. Schuenke Chair in Philosophy, Marquette University, USA

'In this book Nir Eisikovits shows that he is indeed a master of the reasonable, committed to hastening the day when the wolf shall dwell with the lamb. Reconciliation was the subject of his previous book. Here he celebrates the truce as the tentative, imperfect first step towards the peace in which reconciliation can take place. A text for the hopeful.' - Charles Fried, Beneficial Professor of Law, Harvard Law School


Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Theory of Truces
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-38595-6
DOI
10.1057/9781137385956
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-38594-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 122
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