War and Peace


ISBN 9781928518815

What is the meaning of moral imagination and what is its relevance in the nature/culture debate? In this book, Willie Esterhuyse examines the age-old question whether mankind naturally lusts for power and violence or whether it is an acquired behaviour. The problem is discussed from an historical and philosophical perspective and provides a profound overview of this issue ranging from antiquity to the modern Islamic State. The author is convinced that human beings possess a moral imagination which promotes the dream of peace on earth. Another possibly contentious view is that morality is a function of the brain which is influenced by a variety of inputs, especially so-called holy texts.


Willie Esterhuyse is an emeritus professor in philosophy and business ethics at the Stellenbosch University and is a renowned writer, thinker, academic and political advisor. He has received various awards including an honorary doctorate from Stellenbosch University and the South African Order of Luthuli (silver). He is the author of various books on South African personalities and political issues including the controversial book for its time Apartheid must Die (1981) and Die tronkgesprekke: Nelson Mandela en Kobie Coetzee se geheime voorpunt-diplomasie (2018). (The Prison conversations: The leading-edge diplomacy of Nelson Mandela and Kobie Coetzee).  He and his wife, Annemarie, live in Stellenbosch.


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