Peace as intrinsic value: The pacifist intuition and intuitive pacifism

Peace & Change, EarlyView.


Those who think of peace as an intrinsic value might be called “intuitionist pacifists” or “intuitive pacifists.” For pacifists of this sort, peace functions as an unanalyzable foundational value. The pacifist intuition is often meta-ethical and not the result of argument or inference. Understanding pacifism in this way helps explain some disputes between pacifism and its critics. The article makes this argument with appeal to historical sources, both in the literature on pacifism and in the literature on intuitionism. It contributes to our understanding of the history of pacifism, while also offering a pacifist contribution to the theory of intuitionism.

This was originally published on Wiley: Peace & Change: Table of Contents.