Peace as a self-regulating process

Authored by: Dietrich Fischer

Handbook of Peace and Conflict Studies

Print publication date:  February  2007
Online publication date:  March  2007

Print ISBN: 9780415396653
eBook ISBN: 9780203089163
Adobe ISBN: 9781134154814

10.4324/9780203089163.ch13

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Abstract

Homeostasis, the maintenance of a desired internal state under adverse external conditions, made possible by self-sustaining processes, is the essence of life. Living organisms constantly must adjust to changes in their environment and maintain a certain equilibrium of nutrition, temperature, acidity, etc. to survive. Such mechanisms have developed in nature through evolution since the early origins of life on earth, and we can learn a great deal by studying them.

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