How and why does miscommunication lead to conflict and the abuse of power? What is bullying and in what sense is it an abuse of power? Drawing on the expertise of twenty-five researchers from academia, public and private spheres, this work discusses these and a wide range of other questions relating to communication, conflict, bullying and the abuse of power. Although ideally in a perfect world these questions would not even arise, even if this should be Leibniz’s “best of all possible worlds,” it is still an imperfect world and so, these questions arise and are in want of exploration. The chapters comprising this work contain the fruit of multi and inter-disciplinary discussions that occurred in an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation with the common goal of better understanding and advancing knowledge on these issues.
Sibel Aydin is a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer at the University of Bayreuth in Germany. While interested in unveiling the motivations behind conflicts in the cosmic world, currently her research and writings focus on the impact of power constellations in processes of transcultural communication.
May A. Webber, Ph.D., an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chairperson of the Division of Humanities, St. John’s University, New York, earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from New York University. Her research interests are in the field of normative or applied ethics. Embryonic stem cell research, suicide, bullying and world poverty and hunger are among the issues that interest her.