The Doer-Less Victim

  • Wolfgang Dietrich
Part of the Many Peaces book series (MAPE)


Differently to the previous chapter, this one starts from the author’s personal experiences, which he compares with similar examples from peace literature. Based on this, he reflects on the figure of the doer-less victim as proposed by Friedrich Nietzsche and frequently to be found in Asian philosophies. He discusses the practical values of this philosophical figure in applied peace work. He relates his own considerations to the work of John Paul Lederach and Adam Curle; that is, to rather mystic world views within moral and modern versions of Christianity. Furthermore, he refers to the non-dual interpretations of Buddhism and Hinduism. This last chapter is meant to be only the beginning of discussions on the challenging topic of the doer-less victim in the frame of contemporary peace studies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UNESCO Chair for Peace StudiesInnsbruck, TyrolAustria

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