The Principle of Nonviolence: A Philosophical Path

Mike James (Translator) Rebecca James (Translator)
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Translation of Le principe de non-violence: Parcours philosophique by French philosopher-writer-activist Jean-Marie Muller. First published by Desclee de Brouwer in Paris in 1995. The introduction to the first edition succinctly summarizes the significance of Muller's unique contribution: "The goal of this book is to found a philosophical concept of nonviolence....[It aims] to challenge once and for all the ideology that violence is necessary, legitimate, and honorable....Never apparently has this been accomplished in such a masterly and complete manner."

Product Details

Center for Global Nonkilling
Publish Date
May 30, 2014
5.5 X 0.62 X 8.5 inches | 0.77 pounds
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About the Author

Jean-Marie Muller, born in France in 1939, identifies himself as a philosopher and writer. He is also an experienced nonviolent activist, consultant, workshop trainer, and institution-builder. By 1995 when Le principe de nonviolence was published-beginning in 1967 with conscientious objection to military killing-he had experienced periods of imprisonment; a hunger strike in solidarity with farmers to regain Larzac farmlands requisitioned for a military base; a hunger strike to protest sale of French Mirage fighters to Brazil's military regime; and had been arrested aboard the peace yacht FRI protesting French nuclear weapons tests in the South Pacific. He had journeyed for research, conferences, workshops, and trainings in 13 countries, including the United States and India, most frequently to Colombia and Chad. He had published 13 books, including on César Chávez and Gandhi on whom he is an acknowledged expert, plus many articles in the journal Nonviolence Actualité which he helped to found. He had participated in founding the Institute for Research on Nonviolent Conflict Resolution continuing to serve as research director.