For more information about E.C. Warriner and this project, contact Dr. Hope Elizabeth May, here.
The E.C. Warriner Project, also known as "Thought Begins Now" is dedicated to excavating the memory of E.C. Warriner's commitment to the Peace Through Law Movement and to public education as a crucial plank of that Movement. Warriner is part of the "Red Thread" of peace history - a continuous line linking persons, events and ideas to the project of International Peace and Human Uplift through the creation of new norms, new laws, and institutions and the processes for their transmission and enforcement. The Red Thread has been spinning for many many years, even Socrates, who lived prior to the founding of the Christian Church, claimed "Never Return Harm for Harm." A student of the Classics, Warriner knew of this doctrine and in 1893, dedicated a 33 page essay to Socrates (pictured to the right).
This website was established in 2020, in connection with the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As part of this commemoration, The Center for International Ethics and The Honors Program at Central Michigan University partnered to install a 30 poster exhibitions sent by Hiroshima, Japan focused on the bombings and the message of the victims (called "Hibakusha") — to eliminate both nuclear weapons and war. Honors students Michael Buzzy, Kelvin Hakemi and Michelle Powers were trained as "docents" to give tours of this exhibition. At the end of the tour, the connection between the work of Warriner and the work of Hibakusha (survivors of the atomic bomb) is made. Both Warriner and the Hibakusha are part of the "Red Thread" of peace work.
Central Michigan University students taking PHL 200 (Ancient Greek Philosophy) have read and transcribed Warriner's essay "Socrates and His Teachings." We are grateful to philosophy student Ralph Flanders (class of 2020), for being the Chief Scribe in charge of this transcription effort.