Achieving Kyosei in East Asia
Edited by Yoichiro Murakami and Thomas J. Schoenbaum
Chapter 4: After Grand Theory: Musings on Dialogue, Diversity, and World Formation
Lester Edwin J. Ruiz 1. INTRODUCTION Shin Chiba, in his paper, “On Perspectives of Peace: The Hebraic Idea of Shalom and Prince Shotoku’s Idea of Wa”, presented in Pullman, Washington, USA in April 2007, notes that the goal of the Research and Education for Peace, Security, and Conviviality Project of International Christian University’s 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program is at least two-fold: “First, we are [searching for] the presentation of concrete policy proposals and manuals in various ﬁelds for the further realization of peace, security, and kyosei. Second, we are seeking a grand theory in comprehensive peace studies”.1 This goal is inextricably tied to the quest for transformation, “the creation of the fundamentally new which is also fundamentally better”,2 of which the search for peace – or better still, the struggles for peace, particularly from my understanding of the location and position of what in an earlier work I called the “marginalized and excluded” but which now I am challenged by present circumstances to call “the victim” – is an unavoidable necessity.3 I am convinced that one of the religio-moral dimensions, if not one of the challenges, of the COE Project is not only the discovery of where peace, security, and kyosei are embodied but also where the hope that animates them lie; we need not only to ﬁnd again the power of a transformative philosophy of peace, but also to articulate the conditions of its possibility as a transformative practice; we need not only to proclaim the...
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