Dance, Dialogue, and Despair: Existentialist Philosophy and Education for Peace in Israel

Dance, Dialogue, and Despair: Existentialist Philosophy and Education for Peace in Israel

Dance, Dialogue, and Despair: Existentialist Philosophy and Education for Peace in Israel

Dance, Dialogue, and Despair: Existentialist Philosophy and Education for Peace in Israel

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This book offers an unusual approach to the Near East problem; an approach which is also relevant to problems arising from the division of mankind into numerous groups, alienated from each other, mistrusting each other, and confronting each other unpeacefully--because of ethnic, cultural, and religious differences. The enmity between Arabs and Jews is merely one such example, certainly a dangerous example for all of mankind since it includes the possibility that military confrontation in that area could extend to become a global conflict. Hence the caution of the superpowers in their dealing with that region, and also their inability to eliminate the causes of strife. Too many conflicting interests are involved, the wounds Jews and Arabs have inflicted upon each other are too deep, and the anxiety of threat when they face each other is too prominent.

The unique approach to the Near East problem presented in this book leads us to the heart of all political problems: the people who live within the states or the social and ethnic groups who are in conflict with each other. Political activity can amend or aggravate the framework within which they . . .

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