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The Poesis of Peace

Narratives, Cultures, and Philosophies, 1st Edition

Edited by Klaus-Gerd Giesen, Carool Kersten, Lenart Škof


220 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Exploring the relations between the concepts of peace and violence with aesthetics, nature, the body, and environmental issues, The Poesis of Peace applies a multidisciplinary approach to case studies in both Western and non-Western contexts including Islam, Chinese philosophy, Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Established and renowned theologians and philosophers, such as Kevin Hart, Eduardo Mendieta, and Clemens Sedmak, as well as upcoming and talented young academics look at peace and non-violence through the lens of recent scholarly advances on the subject achieved in the fields of theology, philosophy, political theory, and environmentalism.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

Editors' Introduction: Poesis of Peace: Narratives, Cultures, and Philosophies

Klaus-Gerd Giesen, Carool Kersten, and Lenart Škof

Part I: Peacemaking and Narratives of Peace

1 Peace Is Not the Absence of War: The Vernaculars of the Humanum

Eduardo Mendieta

2 Peace, Vulnerability, and the Human Imagination

Clemens Sedmak

3 Aesthetic Imagination and Animate Peace

Pauline von Bonsdorff

4 The Primordial Respiratory Peace and the Possibility of Cultivation of Breathing as a Method of Peacemaking

Petri Berndtson

5 On Sacred Genealogies in Antigone and Sāvitrī

Lenart Škof

Part II: Intercultural Approaches to Peace and Non-Violence

6 Islam Versus the West? Muslim Challenges of a False Binary

Carool Kersten

7 Lanza del Vasto: A Doctrine of Just and Non-Violent Conflict

Klaus-Gerd Giesen

8 ‘Woman under a Roof’: Peace as Ethical Spatiality in Classical Chinese Philosophy

Helena Motoh

9 Making Mettā: The Poesis of Wholesome States among Homeleavers in Pāli Buddhism

Victor Forte

10 Peace in Abhinavagupta’s Poetics: The Curious Case of Śānta Rasa

Tina Košir  

Part III: Poetic Dwellings and Landscapes of Peace

11 Blanchot’s Hölderlin

Kevin Hart

12 Edgelands: Topographies of Metaphor and the Renewal of Wilderness

Owen Gurrey

13 Know Food, Know Peace? Community-Based Agriculture and the Practice of Non-Violence

Emily A. Holmes

14 An Impossible Peace: The Aesthetic Disruptiveness of Climate Change

Paul Haught


About the Editors

Klaus-Gerd Giesen is Professor of Political Science at the Université d'Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He specializes in international relations and political philosophy. More information can be found on his website:

Carool Kersten is Senior Lecturer in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World at King’s College London, UK. He is the author and editor of several books on contemporary Islam, including Islam in Indonesia: The Contest for Society, Ideas and Values (2015), Alternative Islamic Discourses and Religious Authority (2013), Demystifying the Caliphate (2013), and Cosmopolitans and Heretics (2011).

Lenart Škof is Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Institute for Philosophical Studies at the Science and Research Centre Koper, Slovenia, and Professor at Alma Mater Europaea, Maribor, Slovenia. He is also Visiting Professor of Religion at the Faculty of Theology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He recently co-edited Breathing with Luce Irigaray (2013) and is an author of several books, among them Pragmatist Variations on Ethical and Intercultural Life (2012) and Breath of Proximity: Intersubjectivity, Ethics and Peace (2015). He is President of the Slovenian Society for Comparative Religion. More information can be found at:Škof.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy
PHILOSOPHY / Political
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Philosophy