Transrational Peaces and Pax Technologica: On Artificial Intelligence, Peace Studies and Systemic Constellation Work

  • Albrecht Mahr


The chapter first retakes the findings of Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker on the continuous decrease of violence in the course of human history. Against all feelings of the daily increase of violence, we are thus confronted with the question ‘what is it that we have done well and that could be fostered further, considering that we live in the most peaceful period of human history?’ And furthermore: ‘how can we adequately respond to the hyper-complex global problems that our intelligence seems to be ever less capable to do?’ From this starting point, the chapter presents the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its potential to contribute to peace—after an extensive discussion of different forms of AI, as well as its positive and potential negative effects. Terms like technological singularity, post- and transhuman development have so far been only little received in Peace Studies. This chapter discusses them, relates them to the concept of transrational peaces and connects to a mysticism understood as radical realism. Systemic constellations are described in their consubstantiality to AI and in their potential to foster peace. The text concludes with a perspective on introducing AI as teaching subject in Peace Studies, because ultimately transrational peaces, elicitive conflict transformation, systemic constellations and AI lead towards the same: to love as the concept-free, transrational and irresistible essence of reality.


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  • Albrecht Mahr
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  1. 1.Systemic Constellations and Integrative SolutionsWürzburgGermany

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