Tough questions about human nature were raised by a recent training by Baruch Bush and Joe Folger.  A participant raised some issues that may be interesting to all mediators.  You can read the questions and my answers here in my latest blog post.

Views: 43

Tags: Bush, Folger, evil, mediation, monsters, transformative


You need to be a member of Peace and Collaborative Development Network to add comments!

Join Peace and Collaborative Development Network

Comment by Drazen Pehar on July 25, 2013 at 2:54pm

A pertinent question. There may be, occasionally, a rational element in demonizing. Which I would put differently: when one party, in the eyes of an other party, loses an appropriate moral standing (this can also happen through talk, or discourse; e.g. lying, breaking promises, and similar), then it is very likely that the other party would start considering the former as somehow 'less than human'. I call this process 'dediscoursation' (Philip Pettit suggested to me to use 'dediscoursification' as a semantically better equivalent). I noted that many wars are actually preceded by the process of losing of confidence in the power of discourse to serve as a medium of conflict management as well as in the party who contributes to such weakening of discourse.   

Sponsored Link

Please Pay What You Can to Support PCDN

Please consider Paying What You Can to help PCDN grow. We encourage you to consider any amount from $1 and up. Read the SUPPORT page prior to making a payment to see PCDN's impact and how your payment will help.

Sponsored Link

Translate This Page


PCDN Guidelines and Share Pages

By using this site you're agreeing to the terms of use as outlined in the community guidelines (in particular PCDN is an open network indexed by Google and users should review the privacy options). Please note individual requests for funding or jobs are NOT permitted on the network.

Click BELOW to share site resources Bookmark and Share
or Share on LINKEDIN




© 2015   Created by Craig Zelizer.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service