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MUSINGS VOLUME 3: 1991-1992 By Thomas Daffern
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This volume documents a crucial period of the author’s life in London and the UK, working on a peace studies project at the University of London and its follow through phase, during the first... More > Gulf War. Having been elected as coordinator of International Philosophers for Peace in Moscow in 1990, it was with a growing sense of unease and dismay that he witnessed the breakdown of international relations both in the Middle East and the Balkans region. The International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy was launched during this time to try to marshal the world's leading minds in the cause of conflict resolution and peace-making, and inter-philosophical dialogue, at a critical time in our planetary history. This work documents in full the story of these developments.< Less
TOWARDS A EUROPEAN UNION MEDIATION SERVICE By Thomas Daffern
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This book advocates a lasting solution to the ongoing problems of conflict on the borders of the European Union, and proposes that Europe establish a formal mediation service within its existing... More > diplomatic structures, available in times of emergency, in all conflicts, great and small, that affect the lives of the citizens of the European continent as a whole, and not just members of the existing European Union. Similarly, the EUMS would be available as a neutral service to assist neighbouring non-European countries to resolve their disputes amicably and non-violently. The European Union can afford to create this service. The European Union cannot afford not to create it. This could be part of the peace dividend that we have all been waiting for ever since the ending of the cold war in 1990, and which the citizens of Europe have hitherto been tragically denied, especially in the Balkans.< Less
MULTILINGUAL DICTIONARY FOR MULTIFAITH AND MULTICULTURAL MEDIATION, PEACE AND GLOBAL PHILOSOPHY By Thomas Daffern
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The MULTILINGUAL DICTIONARY FOR MULTIFAITH AND MULTICULTURAL MEDIATION, PEACE AND GLOBAL PHILOSOPHY is a research tool for all scholars and students and philosophers interested in languages and... More > philology. It is the first ever published attempt to compile a comparative philosophical dictionary of terms for absolute concepts, which vary from culture to culture and religion to religion, of philosophically charged words such as God, Being, virtue, love, truth, beauty, power, existence, peace, knowledge, wisdom, mind, consciousness, magic, holy, spirit etc. It has a specific irenic purpose as a tool of inter-cultural understanding and reconciliation, on the propoposition that through studying one another's words and concepts and ideas in their own vocabularies, rival spiritual and ideological systems might replace intellectual hostility and feuding with study, dialogue and mutual understanding.< Less
TOWARDS A TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION FOR THE MIDDLE EAST By Thomas Daffern
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Towards a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the Middle East has two main purposes, firstly to explain the background behind the launching of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the... More > Middle East in 2008, and secondly to give something of the theoretical framework in which this project is being based. Unusual among peace institutes worldwide, the work of the International Institute of Peace Studies and Global Philosophy is dedicated not to the political or military or even economic aspects of peace building, although all such are important – but rather to the causal and metaphysical level of peace building – the building of peace in the collective imagination, the collective will and the collective intelligence of mankind’s warring tribes, nations and religions. It is concerned with the psychological healing and philosophical reconstruction of mankind’s inner life, alongside the outermost socio-economic factors.< Less
SELECTED POEMS 1971 – 2005 VOLUME TWO By Thomas Daffern
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This 2nd volume of poetry represents the author's poetic oeuvre covering a more recent time span, from the 1990's to 2005, and covers a wide ranging attempt to articulate the mysteries of existence.... More > The poems are a testimony to the living power of the Muses as inspirers and guardians of insight and wisdom, to harness our ability of seership and higher knowing in the struggle for planetary peace and wisdom in a time of confusion and tragedy. The author believes that it is time for the poets of the world to stand together and raise their combined voices in inspired warning and guidance, to give hope and vision and courage to all those working for peace and social and civil justice, for an end to persecution, oppression, poverty and violence of every kind. It includes a sequence of poems entitled A Shropshire Lass, which are a conscious re-invocation of A.E. Houseman's A Shropshire Lad in a more contemporary key.< Less
SELECTED POEMS 1971 – 2005 VOLUME ONE By Thomas Daffern
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This volume of poetry represents the author's poetic oeuvre covering a long time span, from 1971 to about1998, and covers a wide ranging attempt to articulate the unsayable. The poems comprise a... More > testimony, from one individual, to the living power of the Muses as inspirers and guardians of insight and wisdom, to harness our ability of seership and higher knowing in the struggle for planetary peace and wisdom in a time of confusion and tragedy.< Less
WHY WE NEED A PEACE POLICY FOR SYRIA By Thomas Daffern
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This pioneering and unique work is an attempt to define a new field of international diplomacy, called "Peace policy". It seeks to apply the ideas behind this new field of practical... More > diplomacy to the test case of the civil war raging inside Syria, one of the most ancient countries on the planet. The book gives practical as well as theoretical suggestions as to how we can end the stalemate inside Syria and advocates some practical steps that can be taken immediately.< Less
WISDOM AFFAIRS: TOWARDS A CARTOGRAPHY OF ENLIGHTENMENT, ENLOVEMENT AND JOYISM FOR WISDOM LOVERS By Thomas Daffern
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WISDOM AFFAIRS: TOWARDS A CARTOGRAPHY OF ENLIGHTENMENT, ENLOVEMENT AND JOYISM FOR WISDOM LOVERS is an exploration of the powers and dynamics of human relationships, as a vehicle for the advancement... More > of wisdom, learning and enlightenment on planet earth. It is a manifesto for the liberation of mankind from false desires and towards the realisation of authentic nirvana and enlightenment within the context of human relational existence. All serious spiritual seekers and those who are not wishing to leave behind the path of personal relationships and love are invited to study its arguments and philosophy in depth, and to apply its teachings. For further details see www.educationaid.net< Less
SOPHIAPHOBIA By Thomas Daffern
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The author is proposing a revolutionary argument - that there might be some force or psycho-social blockage obstructing our evolution as so called Homo Sapiens, which gets in the way of our achieving... More > our highest wisdom. Calling this force Sophiaphobia, the fear of wisdom, which is the opposite of Philosophy, the author examines what it is and where it comes from, speculating that it is operative in many levels and walks of society, not least inside the very institutions which are supposed to be promoting our education and intellectual welfare. The author also explores two related problems associated with Sophiaphobia, namely the questions of Recognition and of Philiaphobia, the fear of loving. This book should be required reading for all undergraduate and postgraduate University students and teachers, and for anyone interested in the intellectual and spiritual future of mankind.< Less
THE MUSES LOVE JOURNAL By Thomas Daffern
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This 9th issue of the Muses Love Journal carries a wealth of information on all aspect of contemporary global intellectual affairs, and the search for peace. Dedicated to the Nine Muses, and... More > structured into 9 Sections, each named after one of the classical Muses. It celebrates and affirms the power of human creativity, in all its diverse fields of expression, to gradually tackle and solve the mass of problems affecting the globe. A renaissance project, the Muses Love Journal is also the only academic journal in the world dedicated to exploring the nature of love in all its aspects (philia, agape, eros) and seeks to provide inspiration and guidance for its readers on how to manifest their own most creative and positive possible realities.< Less