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Title:
When Passions Constitute Peace: Tocquevillian Equality as Political Ethics of Pacificism
Author:
Peter Roži č: Santa Clara University, USA
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2014
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Proceedings from The Ethics of War and Pease. 51st Annual Conference of the Societas Ethica, August 21-24, 2014, Maribor, Slovenia
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117
Article no.:
002
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13-23
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11
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Abstract and Fulltext
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2015-09-09
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978-91-7685-933-9
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Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
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1650-3686
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1650-3740
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Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet


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As political passions continue to fuel world conflicts, the conditions under which passions constitute peace become of scholarly and policy importance. Passions understood as socio-political guarantees of peace open a possibility of exploring the ethics of war and peace through the often ambiguous role of political passions. This essay discusses the possibility that the passion for equality represents a solid claim in the political ethics of pacificism through the analysis of egalitarian passions in Tocqueville’s Democracy. Tocquevillian democracy, best characterized by “equality of conditions,” rests primarily on passions. As a particular form of pacificism, such equality can create and sustain peace by shaping peace-loving citizens and regimes. In order to build upon potentially violent passions, a peaceful egalitarian system requires that passions be structured in a hierarchy that is established through equality as long as it maintains social ties without harming freedom. When seen as both passion and a form of existence – in other words as a ‘dialectic’ – democracy becomes the interpretive and ethical key for understanding the source of a political system’s strength, stability and peace. The analysis of Tocquevillian equality contributes to the development of the theory of pacificism as a nuanced and theoretically sound form of an ethics of peace.

Keywords: Passions; Equality; Pacificism; Tocqueville; Peace; Political Ethics

Proceedings from The Ethics of War and Pease. 51st Annual Conference of the Societas Ethica, August 21-24, 2014, Maribor, Slovenia

Author:
Peter Roži č
Title:
When Passions Constitute Peace: Tocquevillian Equality as Political Ethics of Pacificism
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Proceedings from The Ethics of War and Pease. 51st Annual Conference of the Societas Ethica, August 21-24, 2014, Maribor, Slovenia

Author:
Peter Roži č
Title:
When Passions Constitute Peace: Tocquevillian Equality as Political Ethics of Pacificism
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