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Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence

José-Antonio Orosco

Cesar Chavez has long been heralded for his personal practice of nonviolent resistance in struggles against social, racial, and labor injustices. However, the works of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. have long overshadowed Chavez’s contributions to the theory of nonviolence. José-Antonio Orosco seeks to elevate Chavez as an original thinker, providing an analysis of what Chavez called “the common sense of nonviolence.” By engaging Chavez in dialogue with a variety of political theorists and philosophers, Orosco demonstrates how Chavez developed distinct ideas about nonviolent theory that are timely for dealing with today’s social and political issues, including racism, sexism, immigration, globalization, and political violence.


José-Antonio Orosco is an associate professor of philosophy at Oregon State University.


“One of the most succinct and cogent statements of the theory of nonviolence as a means to social change that this reviewer has read. . . . A most commendable effort. . . . Highly recommended.”



"...(an) important and groundbreaking work....highly recommended..."


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