Reflections on peace from interculturality Academic Article in Scopus uri icon

Abstract

  • This article purpose to think about interculturality in connection with what peace means, since many of the great conflicts in the history of humankind have been provoked by the failure to settle conflicts, by the absence of genuine dialogue and the inability to listen, thus producing violence among persons and among cultures. Therefore, to overcome these situations it is necessary a deep understanding of what peace means, as well as of its relation to justice and ethics. This will make it possible to seek the development of a positive interculturality, within a framework of peace. The existence of interculturality does not necessarily generate violence, even when there are conflicts. Transforming and overcoming these conflicts is the prerequisite for establishing peaceful intercultural relations. The argument in this article is that such transcendence is possible by resorting to the ethical imagination: a creative resource that makes what is absent and desired present and that generates possibilities thought to be inexistent in existing situations. The ethical imagination introduces a constructive view of social change in scenarios in which conflicts are deeply rooted, thereby, facilitating transformation.

Publication date

  • January 1, 2016