The Irenaut - Winter Edition 2023

Editorial: Winter Issue 2023

– By the Editor
We offer you, our valued readers, the inaugural issue of The Irenaut, a magazine devoted to understanding peace as an active principle, an energy, rather than a state to be defined in contradistinction to conflict or war…

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Aspiring to a lower principle

– By Mark-Alec Mellor
Among cultures that feature chaos in their creation stories, the primordial disorder is not violent, but formless, with all its energy undirected. When order emerges, it comes at the price of conflict: a chaoskampf of rival forces fighting for ascendency…

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Interview: Lawrence Rosenwald

– Lawrence Rosenwald & Mark-Alec Mellor
Many thinkers, from Pascal to Marx to Foucault, have called the idea of human nature into question. Is the concept of any use to us in our efforts to create a more peaceful world?…

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Deterrence and its discontents

– By David Barash
In one of his most famous lines, Captain Ahab urged: “Strike, strike through the mask!” Admittedly, said captain isn’t the finest role model one can imagine, but I’ve long thought that his demand is precisely what good skeptics are called to do…

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Aspirer à un principe inférieur

– By Mark-Alec Mellor
Dans les cultures qui mettent en scène le chaos dans leurs récits fondateurs, le désordre primordial n’est pas violent, mais dénué de forme, son énergie ne suivant aucune trajectoire. Lorsque l’ordre émerge, c’est au prix d’un conflit : un chaoskampf de forces rivales qui luttent pour avoir l’ascendant.

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The peace rebellion

– By Sophie Cherel
Is there a will and a way to peace? What exactly is that will, and how shall we find our way? What work shall we engage in to make humans less murderous creatures and advance a civilizing process?…

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Interview: Ever Giraldo Kuiru (Nóinui Jitóma)

– Ever Giraldo Kuiru (Nóinui Jitóma) & Mark-Alec Mellor
Muchos pensadores, desde Pascal a Marx a Foucault, han puesto en duda la idea de la naturaleza humana. ¿Tiene el concepto alguna utilidad para ayudar nuestros esfuerzos en la tarea de crear un mundo más pacífico?…

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Our complex global village 2035

– By Struan Mackenzie
Hi, I’m Jentzen Sarcofogi-Twayman, a neurodivergent project manager from the Sarcofogi School for the Terminally Gifted, and I’d like to talk to you today about what’s happened and why we did what we did….

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A fishing trip

– By DM Fletcher
I woke up at around three. I lay for a while listening to the deep thrum of the ship’s engines. I suddenly thought that I could be lying in my own bed back in Carnassu: the vessel was slipping through the water with hardly a tremor…

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Philosofish

– By Jack Parvid
Legs scissoring among spires of algae and mollusc-bedizened boulders, Sarah weaves, lithe and powerful, ahead of me…

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