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Abstract

This article purpose to think about interculturality in connection with what peace means, since many of the great conflicts in the history of humankind have been provoked by the failure to settle conflicts, by the absence of genuine dialogue and the inability to listen, thus producing violence among persons and among cultures. Therefore, to overcome these situations it is necessary a deep understanding of what peace means, as well as of its relation to justice and ethics. This will make it possible to seek the development of a positive interculturality, within a framework of peace. The existence of interculturality does not necessarily generate violence, even when there are conflicts. Transforming and overcoming these conflicts is the prerequisite for establishing peaceful intercultural relations. The argument in this article is that such transcendence is possible by resorting to the ethical imagination: a creative resource that makes what is absent and desired present and that generates possibilities thought to be inexistent in existing situations. The ethical imagination introduces a constructive view of social change in scenarios in which conflicts are deeply rooted, thereby, facilitating transformation.

Author Bio(s)

Dora Elvira García-González. b. 1957, PhD in Philosophy (National Autonomous University of Mexico, 1998). Member of the National System of Researchers Level III. Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Research director, School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences (2014-) and Director of the journal En-claves del Pensamiento of the Tecnológico de Monterrey (1997-). Coordinator of the Chair UNESCO-Tecnológico de Monterrey on Ethics and Peace Culture for the attainment of human rights (1997-). She has an extensive number of publications in renowned journals both national and international, and is the author of more than 70 chapters in books, coordinated books and co-authored papers.

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