New Book – “Teaching Peace as a Matter of Justice: Toward a Pedagogy of Moral Reasoning”

Snauwaert, Dale (2023). Teaching Peace as a Matter of Justice: Toward a Pedagogy of Moral Reasoning.  Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

This book explores the normative dimensions of peace studies and peace education through the lens of moral and political philosophy. The purpose is to explore the idea of peace as a matter of justice, and to articulate a pedological framework for the development and exercise of citizens’ capacities for moral reasoning and judgment regarding potential responses to the basic questions of justice, including resisting injustice. The just conditions necessary for peace are contingent upon the informed participation of democratic citizens who are capable of becoming dynamic agents of justice. The development of citizens’ capacity for moral reasoning and judgment is of paramount importance, for it constitutes a necessary condition for the realization of justice and peace on all levels of human society, from local to global. The book will be of interest to both students and all those interested in thinking about peace as a matter of justice.

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About the Author

Dale T. Snauwaert is Professor of Educational Philosophy and Peace Studies, and Director of the Graduate Certificate in the Foundations of Peace Education and Undergraduate Minor in Peace Studies, at the University of Toledo, USA. He is the founding editor of In Factis Pax: Online Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice. Informed by moral and political philosophy, including theories of justice, his core interests include the philosophy of peace, democracy, and human rights education. He is co-author, with Fuad Al-Darawessh, of Human Rights Education Beyond Universalism and Relativism: A Relational Hermeneutic for Global Justice, the co-author, with Janet Gerson, of Reclaimative Post-Conflict Justice: Democratizing Justice in the World Tribunal on Iraq, and the editor of two volumes of Betty Reardon’s work: Betty A. Reardon: A Pioneer in Education for Peace and Human Rights and Betty A. Reardon: Key Texts in Gender and Peace, as well as Exploring Betty A. Reardon’s Perspective on Peace Education.


“This book is an essential work in peace and justice studies education, or in the broader sense, peacelearning … that should be on the shelves of every peace educator. Snauwaert helps to keep us afloat with … a model of a pedagogy of hope, brilliantly illustrated as he invites learners into a process of the conceptualization and design of a moral community based on essential ethical principles. Such is the pedagogy that all peace educators should be practicing in the face of present moral crises. Snauwaert’s work will inspire and facilitate that practice.” – Betty A. Reardon, Founder Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE)

“With groundbreaking clarity Professor Snauwaert leads readers toward understanding justice in society. In doing so, he articulates how moral reasoning provides the method for a deep pedagogy of justice and peace. Pedagogical recommendations for both graduate and undergraduate courses make this a must-read foundational text for peace studies, peace education, and foundations of education courses, as well as for anyone interested in the philosophical, political, and social dimensions of peace and justice studies.” – Dr. Janet Gerson, Education Director, International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE)

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