Welcome to The Acorn

The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence is a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal devoted to the philosophical examination of the theory and practice of activism, nonviolence, organizing, pacifism, protest, people power, and resistance especially related to examples such as M. K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, or Jane Addams.

Established in 1986 by Ha Poong Kim, and edited for many years by Barry L. Gan, The Acorn is today published biannually with the support of Texas State University.

Subscriptions to the online journal, with access to “Online First” previews and archives of past issues, may be accessed at the Philosophy Documentation Center at: https://www.pdcnet.org/acorn/The-Acorn

Copes of the print journal are also available via contribution. Please contact the Editor at rm95-at-txstate-dot-edu for pricing and payment information.

Subscribers and contributors to The Acorn are invited to become members of The Gandhi, King, Chavez, Addams Society (The Society) on an “opt-in” basis. The Society is affiliated with the American Philosophical Association.

last updated May 29, 2019

The Acorn, vol. 19: Marilyn Fischer Reviews Addams Selected Papers, vol. 3

In a forthcoming review of The Selected Papers of Jane Addams, Volume III: Creating Hull-House and an International Presence, 1889-1900, noted Addams scholar and philosopher Marilyn Fischer writes that,

The volume is particularly strong in documenting the step-by-step processes through which Hull House grew. The cumulative effect is to recast readers’ image of Addams and Hull House from a singular individual with her remarkable social settlement, to viewing Addams and Hull House as transmission nodes within complex networks of people, organizations, and institutions dedicated to transforming every facet of city life.

During the decade documented in volume 3 of the Addams papers, we find Addams corresponding with “an astonishing number of people and organizations” as Hull House develops historical leadership as a center of social work. But also, the papers reflect Addams’ work as mediator of the Pullman Strike and as a world traveler who visited with Leo Tolstoy and began to develop her own approach to pacifism.

Please find the complete review here in pre-publication archive:
https://ecommons.udayton.edu/phl_fac_pub/182/

The Acorn, vol. 18: What is Pacifism?, Black Male Sudies, and Quaker Elders

In volume 18 of The Acorn we find pathmaking articles on how to approach the philosophy of pacifism, why the field of Black Male Studies is needed, remembrance of pacifist intellectual Mulford Q. Sibley, review of The Black Panther movie and several important recent books in pacifism and nonviolence.

Access The Acorn via online subscription at:
https://www.pdcnet.org/acorn/The-Acorn

Print copies are available via donation. For more info about the print edition, email:
RM95-at-txstate-dot-edu

The Acorn: Philosophical Studies in Pacifism and Nonviolence

Vol 18, Nos. 1–2, Spring/Fall 2018

Articles

“The Pacifist Tradition and Pacifism as Transformative and Critical Theory”
Andrew Fiala

“What Can Virtue Ethics Offer Pacifists?”
Steven Steyl

Features

“Subjects of Vulnerability”
Tommy Curry, Author of The Man-Not,
Meets Critics Anthony Neal and Dwayne Tunstall

“Remembering Mulford Q. Sibley (1912–1989): A Thirty-year Commemoration”
Duane L. Cady

Reviews

“Viewing the Black Panther Movie through the Lenses of Liberation Philosophy and Liberation Theology” — Review of Black Panther, Ryan Coogler, director.
Arnold L. Farr

“Resisting Violence and Domination” — Review of On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance, by Howard Caygill.
Court Lewis

“Civil Resistance Wisdom from Three Quaker Elders” — Reviews of Nonviolence in America: A Documentary History, by Staughton Lynd and Alice Lynd, editors; and How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning, by George Lakey.
Tom Hastings

“Terrestrial: Neither Global nor Local” — Review of Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime, by Bruno Latour.
Walter “Jerry” Kendall

“Songs of Social Protest: Review of Give Peace a Chant” — Popular Music, Politics and Social Protest, by Dario Martinelli.
Court Lewis

“To Understand All is to Forgive All” — Review of Little Siddhartha: A Sequel, by William Irwin
Court Lewis

Happy New Year at PhilPapers 2017

Organizers at PhilPapers have agreed to post a category on Peace and Nonviolence:

https://philpapers.org/browse/peace-and-nonviolence

Some leading names in nonviolence philosophy have also been added as 20th Century Philosophers:

Mahatma Gandhi
https://philpapers.org/browse/mahatma-gandhi

Jane Addams
https://philpapers.org/browse/jane-addams

and Martin Luther King, Jr.
https://philpapers.org/browse/martin-luther-king

The editors of The Acorn would like to thank PhilPapers for these timely adjustments. We encourage our colleagues to join efforts of scholarship and critical thinking in these important areas of study.

Sincerely,
Greg Moses