This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program
“Toward a Philosophy of Nonviolence” will explore nonviolence
through attempting to understand the nature of violence, various misconceptions
about violence, and the various approaches that writers and activists have
taken toward nonviolence. We will examine five possible myths about violence,
and we will also examine a spectrum of approaches to nonviolence, all in
attempt to understand the nature of nonviolence.
The course will be divided into six classes:
Mar 23: Violence; “good people” and “bad people”
Mar 30: The alleged “necessity” of violence and punishment
Students may also supplement the course with an anthology
edited by the instructor and his mentor, Robert L. Holmes, titledNonviolence in Theory and Practice, 3rd edition (Waveland Press,
taught at St. Bonaventure University for thirty-six years after receiving his
M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy from the University of Rochester in 1981
and 1984, respectively. Prior to that he taught high school and junior high
school English for six years. For
twenty-six years he edited “The Acorn: Journal of the Gandhi-King Society.” For
two years he served as program committee chair of the oldest and largest
interfaith peace group in the United States, the Fellowship of Reconciliation.
He is married to Miaoli Zhang, a former microscopic photographer in brain
research and an academic educator in microscopy for Olympus of China. He has a daughter, a son, and a stepson, all
of whom are writers.
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