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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: c. Responses to Intractability

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44187


Conflicts may be intractable because at least one side lacks motive or perhaps capacity to resolve them. At times practical situations require the use of power to impose our will, which can be justified by greater integration of judgement, but this should not be used as a shortcut. Intractable conflict can be addressed by using an array of different types of context, often in combination through practices that use them. These contexts may be locked together, but opening up one of them can breach the absolutizing of the conflict.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'