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Philosophy as an Irenic Force

- By Wei-Ching Chang Peace is “a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice,” according to the Dutch philosopher Spinoza...

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Philosophy as an Irenic Force

By Wei-Ching Chang

 

Abstract 

Peace is “a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice,” according to the Dutch philosopher Spinoza. The Britannica Dictionary defined peace as “a quiet and calm state, not bothered by thoughts or feelings of doubt, guilt, worry, etc.” Mahatma Gandhi thinks that peace is not only an ideal, but also the way, i.e., both the means and the end.

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