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The Question of Peace in Modern Political Thought

Toivo Koivukoski and David Edward Tabachnick, editors

Laurier Studies in Political Philosophy Series

Paper 326 pp.

ISBN13: 978-1-77112-121-7

Release Date: January 2015

Online discount: 25%

$48.99  $36.74


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The essays in The Question of Peace in Modern Political Thought address the contribution that political theories of modern political philosophers have made to our understandings of peace. The discipline of peace research has reached a critical impasse, where the ideas of both “realist peace” and “democratic peace” are challenged by contemporary world events. Can we stand by while dictators violate the human rights of citizens? Can we impose a democratic peace through the projection of war? By looking back at the great works of political philosophy, this collection hopes to revive peace as an active question for political philosophy while making an original contribution to contemporary peace research and international relations.

Toivo Koivukoski is an associate professor of political science at Nipissing University. His books include After the Last Man: Excurses to the Limits of the Technological System (2008) and The New Barbarism and the Modern West: Recognizing an Ethic of Difference (2014).

David Edward Tabachnick is a professor of political science at Nipissing University. His research focuses on linking ancient political thought to contemporary politics and ethics. He is the author of The Great Reversal: How We Let Technology Take Control of the Planet and the co-editor of The Ancient Lessons for Global Politics book series.


“This is a strong and integrated collection of insightful, informative essays, offering a critical account of philosophical reflections on the nature and conditions of peace from early modernity to the present. The authors skilfully trace the principal themes, theoretical divergences, and abiding problems in modern notions of peace, in relation to justice, rights, and freedom.”

— Douglas Moggach, University of Ottawa and University of Sydney