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Wicked Problems: The Ethics of Action for Peace, Rights and Justice


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Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, PhD, professor at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies, has a new book entitled Wicked Problems: The Ethics of Action for Peace, Rights, and Justice (2022 Oxford University Press) set for release later this month. Choi-Fitzpatrick co-edited the book with Ernesto Verdeja (Kroc Institute, Notre Dame) and Douglas Irvin-Erickson (Carter School, George Mason University). The anthology draws on contributions from 17 activists, scholars, and scholar-activists, each drawing on their own experience to discuss the wicked problems they face in their efforts to make the world a better place. From these many voices, one message is clear: the fields of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, and social justice need a stronger and more practical sense of their ethical obligations.

“We wrote this book as our way of talking about ethical dilemmas where we have to choose between two bad options – where we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place,” said Professor Choi-Fitzpatrick of Wicked Problems . “Our goal was to help the reader develop an awareness of what questions we should be asking ourselves when we face difficult ethical decisions.”Watch Professor Choi-Fitzpatrick discuss Wicked […]

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