Violence and Nonviolence: an Introduction critiques five dominant societal views about violence and nviolence. Using evidence from scientific studies as well as anecdotal evidence and news reports, esteemed scholar and editor Barry L. Gan shows readers that these widely adopted and violent views are largely mistaken, and require a fundamental rethinking and adjustment. By synthesizing new research with old philosophies, Gan introduces readers to an alternative paradigm of nviolence through which we can begin to build a more peaceful world. Nonviolent strategic action - a kind of selective nviolence - is the first of the two alternative paradigms that provides a concrete approach to addressing social and political problems arising from violence. Nonviolence as a way of life is the second of the paradigms that expands upon (and in some respects critiques) the first, preferring a comprehensive and radical response to the scourges of violence that have plagued human history.
Barry L. Gan is professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Nonviolence at St. Bonaventure University. He is editor of the journal The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society and has co-edited the anthology, Nonviolence in Theory and Practice with Robert L. Holmes.