School of Nonkilling Studies
"Research and Education for a Killing-free World"
The School of Nonkilling Studies is an interdisciplinary learning platform focused on the development of knowledge and skills for a killing-free world. Nonkilling, as presented by Paige (2002; 2007), refers mainly to a form of society where killing, threats to kill and conditions conducive to killing are absent. This model entails a deep transformation of those societal premises routed in the wide acceptance of violence (in all of its forms) but, consequently, also the refutation of mainstream killing-accepting science, from politics to biology. Following this dynamic, the School includes both training and research projects, with a permanent flow of contents and feedback from both approaches.
The educational curriculum follows the logic of nonkilling analysis and challenges engagement in discovery of principles and processes for effective problem-solving action. The School's programs explore the causes of killing, nonkilling, transitions, and hypotheses about the characteristics of nonkilling societies. From this perspective, historical developments of institutions and processes, locally and globally, are examined. Problem-solving challenges are posed—such as homicide, democide, genocide, and disarmament; economic lethality; human rights atrocities; ecological biocide; and destructive divisiveness versus cooperation across diversity. Opportunities to develop skills in modes of problem-solving engagement are offered: research, teaching, servant leadership, and critical communication. On these foundations individual and group projects to solve problems and develop skills are pursued and presented (Paige, 2002: 151).
As for the research agenda, the main premise is that killing must move from the violence-accepting periphery to the center of analytical and problem-solving. Therefore, efforts concentrate in understanding the causes of killing; the causes of nonkilling; the causes of transition from killing to nonkilling and vice versa; and the characteristics of completely killing-free societies. Such knowledge is needed to assist identification of nonkilling alternatives and transformative actions within and across the converging zones of the funnel of lethality: neuro-biological, structural, cultural, socialization, and killing zones (Paige, 2002:150).
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Interdisciplinary Program on Nonkilling Studies
- NKS 101 Ethics/Nonkilling/Political Science (also available at the School of Political Science).
- NKS 102 Ethics/Nonkilling/Anthropology (also available at the School of Anthropology).
- NKS 103 Ethics/Nonkilling/Linguistics (also available at the School of Linguistics).
- NKS 104 Ethics/Nonkilling/Philosophy (also available at the School of Philosophy).
- NKS 105 Ethics/Nonkilling/Biology (also available at the School of Biology).
- NKS 106 Ethics/Nonkilling/Historiography (also available at the School of History).
- NKS 107 Ethics/Nonkilling/Psychology (also available at the School of Psychology).
- NKS 108 Ethics/Nonkilling/Mathematics (also available at the School of Mathematics).
- NKS 109 Ethics/Nonkilling/Science (also available at the School of Physics and Astronomy).
- NKS 110 Ethics/Nonkilling/Public Health (also available at the School of Medicine).
- NKS 111 Ethics/Nonkilling/Geography (also available at the School of Geography).
- NKS 112 Ethics/Nonkilling/Engineering (also available at the School of Engineering).
- NKS 113 Ethics/Nonkilling/Arts (also available at the School of Art and Design).
- NKS 114 Ethics/Nonkilling/Technology (also available at the School of Engineering and Technology).
- NKS 115 Ethics/Nonkilling/Economics (also available at the School of Economics).
- NKS 116 Ethics/Nonkilling/Sociology (also available at the School of Sociology).
Program on Nonkilling Leadership Development
- NKL 100 Introduction to Nonkilling Leadership
- NKL 101 Lessons from Te Whiti (Wikipedia article)
- NKL 102 Lessons from Leo Tolstoy
- NKL 103 Lessons from Queen Liliʻuokalani (Wikipedia article)
- NKL 104 Lessons from Ahmadou Bamba (Wikipedia article)
- NKL 105 Lessons from Mahatma Gandhi
- NKL 106 Lessons from Abdul Ghaffar Khan
- NKL 107 Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.
- NKL 108 Lessons from Petra Kelly
- NKL 109 Lessons from Guillermo Gaviria
- NKL 110 Lessons from Ron Mallone
- NKL 111 Lessons from Antonio Meloto
Program on Nonkilling Regional Studies
- NKRS 101 Case Study: Towards a Nonkilling Filipino Society
- NKRS 102 Thailand
- NKRS 103 Korea
- NKRS 104 Ethics/Nonkilling/Regional/Sri Lanka
Program on Nonkilling Spiritual Traditions
- NKCR 101 Nonkilling in Christianity
- NKCR 102 Ethics/Nonkilling/Spiritual/Islam
- NKCR 103 Ethics/Nonkilling/Spiritual/Hinduism
- NKCR 104 Ethics/Nonkilling/Spiritual/Buddhism
- NKCR 105 Nonkilling in Sikhism
- NKCR 106 Nonkilling in Judaism
- NKCR 107 Nonkilling in Baha'ism
- NKCR 108 Nonkilling in Confucianism
- NKCR 109 Ethics/Nonkilling/Spiritual/Jainism
- NKCR 110 Nonkilling in Shintoism
- NKCR 111 Nonkilling in Taoism
- NKCR 112 Ethics/Nonkilling/Spiritual/Voudou
- NKCR 113 Nonkilling in Zoroastrianism
- NKCR 113 Ethics/Nonkilling/Spiritual/Humanism
Certificate on Nonkilling Studies
The Center for Global Nonkilling will be offering a Certificate on Nonkilling Studies to those who complete Program requirements. These will include a series of readings to be organized in a learning resource (soon!) plus course work that will either create or expand nonkilling contents focusing on a new aspect to be included at the School of Nonkilling Studies or the significant development of one or more entries.
The School in the News
- "Mundo sem morte matada", by Thereza Halliday (Diario de Pernambuco, Brazil, 2/03/2009) (Brazilian blog, in Portuguese)
- "Die School of Nonkilling Studies", by Anis Hamadeh (Newsletter des Zentrums zur Förderung des Nichttötens, Germany, June 2009) (dead link, readable at internet archive, in German.
- "Dialogue for a World Without Killing", by John Folk-Williams (Cross x Collaborate, United States, August 2009) (dead link? 15:54, 4 October 2014 (UTC))
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As a form of rewarding Wikiversity and Wikipedia users who have significantly contributed to expand and develop nonkilling knowledge, the School of Nonkilling Studies has created a Nonkilling Barnstar (Barnstar 17). It is the custom to reward Wikipedia contributors for hard work and due diligence by extending an award called a "barn star", as a continuation of the "barn raising" metaphor.
Nonkilling Barnstars have been awarded to:
Publications and Resources
Basic Reading: Nonkilling Global Political Science
- Toward a Nonkilling Paradigm, Edited by Joám Evans Pim, 2009, ISBN 9780982298312
- Killing in War, Jeff McMahan, 2009, ISBN 9780199548668
- Nations Have the Right to Kill: Hitler, the Holocaust and War, Richard A. Koenigsberg, 2009, ISBN 9780915042234
- Abortion, Execution, and the Consequences of Taking Life, James D. Slack, 2009, ISBN 9781412810210
- Global Nonkilling Leadership First Forum Proceedings, Edited by Glenn D. Paige and Joám Evans Pim, 2008, ISBN 9781880309117
- Consistently Opposing Killing, Edited by Rachel M. MacNair and Stephen Zunes, 2008, ISBN 9780313352782
- Why Do They Kill?: Men Who Murder Their Intimate Partners, David Adams, 2007, ISBN 9780826515681
- Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stress: The Psychological Consequences of Killing, Rachel M. Macnair, 2005, ISBN 0595347649
- Towards a Nonkilling Filipino Society: Developing an Agenda for Research, Policy and Action, Edited by Jose V. Abueva , 2004, ISBN 9719254351
- World Report on Violence and Health, World Health Organization, 2002, ISBN 9241545615
- Who Count as Persons?: Human Identity and the Ethics of Killing, John F. Kavanaugh, 2001, ISBN 0878408371
- An Intimate History of Killing: Face-to-Face Killing in Twentieth-Century Warfare, Joanna Bourke, 2000, ISBN 0465007384
- On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, Dave Grossman, 1996, ISBN 0316330116
- When Men Kill: Scenarios of Masculine Violence, Kenneth Polk, 1994, ISBN 0521468086
Documents, Articles and Papers
For a comprehensive list of articles visit: http://www.nonkilling.org/node/19
- Human Rights and Nonviolence – Basis for a Nonkilling World, Mairead Maguire, 9th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, 2008.
- Charter for a World without Violence, World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, 2007.
- A Nonkilling, Nonviolent World for the 21st Century, Mairead Maguire, 9th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, 2007.
- G.D. Paige’s Nonkilling Thesis: A Vision of New Politics, Balwant (Bill) Bhaneja, 2005.
- A Nonkilling Paradigm for Political Scientists, Psychologists, and Others, Charles E. Collyer, Peace and Conflict (2003), pp. 371-372, ISSN 10781919
- The Myth of Man the Hunter, Man the Killer and the Evolution of Human Morality, Robert W. Sussman, Zigon. Journal of Religion and Science (1999), pp. 453-471.
- "To leap beyond yet nearer bring": From war to peace to nonviolence to nonkilling, Glenn D. Paige, The International Journal of Peace Studies (1997), ISSN 10857494
- Global Nonkilling YouTube Channel.
- Affirmation of the Global Nonkilling Spirit.
- No More Killing! Cause on Facebook.
Nonkilling in Reference Works
- "Nonkilling: A New Paradigm" in International Encyclopedia of Peace, Oxford University Press, 2009.
- "Nonkilling Political Science" in Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, 2nd Edition, Elsevier, 2008, ISBN 9780123695031
- "Nonkilling Global Society" in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers 2004.