The Prospects of Global Peace in the Global Capitalist Order: A Philosophical Appraisal

By:
Dr. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola
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The paper focuses on the perennial problem of how to attain global peace. It argues that global peace would remain illusory so long as the values of global capitalism are blindly pursued. We contend that the global economy is structurally violent and essentially inimical to the attainment of global peace. The paper gives a brief description of what peace is and the essential characteristics of the capitalist order, which renders it practically unsuitable for the realization of global peace. It also discusses the exact manner in which these characteristics render the order inimical to peace. The paper argues that for global peace to become a reality, some of the presuppositions and ideals central to the capitalist order must be jettisoned in favour of direct efforts, by both governments and transnational business corporations, to enhance the socio-economic and political wellbeing of every region of the world: the myth of the invisible, ideal of the unregulated market and the unbridled pursuit of profit must be rejected. We hinge our position on the 'principle of enlightened self interest', contending that the above measures are imperative for global peace, which in turn is requisite for the normal operations of transnational corporations and the prosperity of the regions that are the beneficiaries of the present global economic order.


Keywords: Peace, Global, Capitalism, Corporations, Government
Stream: Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Adebola Babatunde Ekanola

Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan
Nigeria

Adebola B. Ekanola, 35 years, holds a 1991 B.A degree(First Class) in Philosophy from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He also holds a M.A and a PHD degree in Philosophy from the University of Ibadan, 1996 and 2003 respectively. He teaches Philosophy at the same university since 1997. At present, he is on sabbatical leave at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogon State, Nigeria. Apart from issues relating to the phenomena of peace and war, he is particularly interested in fundamental issues relating to the development of the contemporary African society. He has worked extensively in these areas with a number of publications in learned journals and books. Dr Ekanola is the founder of the 'Association for Youth Peace Education', an organization dedicated to the education of youths on the evils of war and violence, the values of peace and basic conflict transformation skills.

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