As we enter the twenty-first century, two major problems face humanity: the perpetual predicament of global social injustice, and the escalating level of violence around the world. Under the heading of global social injustice we find all the issues that have engaged political philosophers for the last fifty years or so, from perpetual human rights abuses to rising levels of social, political and economic inequalities to impending environmental disasters. The only difference is that while fifty years ago these subject matters were of mere philosophical interest, today the same issues have become a matter of unprecedented urgency. Violence in general, and political violence in particular, is also intolerably high, in all its forms, from sexual and racial violence to suicide bombers to state terrorism. Furthermore one’s impression is that things are only going to get worse, at least in the immediate future.1
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