Summary: In his large and ambitious project, Noll weaves many strands of academic thinking about human conflict into an integrated view of why people fight, how they fight, what they fight overand how they can instead make peace, whether in the courtroom or beyond. Joining ancient philosophical views with the most modern revelations of the neurosciences, Peacemaking engages the nature of humanity and the conflicts it faces from a broadly multidisciplinary approach. The complexity of conflict is unraveled as each major perspective is analyzed and integrated into a larger scheme.
Imagine being an effective peacemaker in a maelstrom of hatred, escalated feelings. Imagine being able to understand the basis for human conflict and to see its predictability. Imagine being empathic, centered, and balanced even as the waves of anger and emotion crash around you. These skills are achievable, but only with a deep and broad knowledge of human conflict.
Peacemaking is foundational in that it does not talk much of technique, but rather of the deeper whys of conflict and conflict resolution. To plumb these whys, Peacemaking takes on such diverse subjects as philosophy and conflict, religion and conflict, conflict resolution systems, game theory, conflict behaviors, apology and forgiveness, and ethics to build a framework of understanding and knowledge for those interested in pursuing peacemaking.
A well-thought-out treatise. It answers all of the
key questions: Why does mediation work? When does
mediation work best? What does one have to do as a
participant in the mediation process to facilitate its
lawyers, this book never limits itself to the legal
profession. Noll in succinct clear synthesis covers
everything in the fields of mediation and conflict
resolution from philosophy to technique, from game theory
to justice. Most useful and provocative are principles of
peacemaking he extols lawyers to take seriously which
could transform not only legal structures and approaches
but social, political, and economic systems as well. A
great introductory text that covers much ground with
"Douglas Noll has
written a remarkably ambitious book. From sources as
diverse as creation myths, philosophy, neuropsychology,
game theory, and religion, he examines conflict behaviors
and theories and develops a framework for peacemaking
activities. Whether you are a peace-seeker, a peacemaker,
or a lawyer looking for respite from the adversarial
system, this book will broaden your perspective in
recommend Peacemaking to any lawyer or law student who
seeks to better understand human conflict. Noll provides
his readers with a scholarly and comprehensive discussion
of peacemaking as an integral process of practicing law
in the twenty-first century. The book provides both an
excellent historical perspective as well as current
theories on dispute resolution techniques."
Market: Practitioners of alternatives to conflict, whether in the legal profession or in any of the many fields where peacemaking instead of battle may bear fruit; students in college, seminary, or graduate settings needing an accessible yet sophisticated and comprehensive resource on peacemaking; attorneys, scholars, pastors, and church leaders.
Shelving: Peacemaking; Conflict transformation, resolution, mediation; Law; Sociology; Psychology; Philosophy; Anabaptist-related thought. BISAC: Law, Social Sciences, Religion, Philosophy, Psychology/Psychiatry. RTM: 490 Law; 670 s, 750 Sociology
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