Against Apocalypse: Recovering Humanity's Wholeness by Fred Dallmayr PDF

By Fred Dallmayr

ISBN-10: 1498524443

ISBN-13: 9781498524445

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ISBN-13: 9781498524469

The booklet denounces the irresponsible recklessness of a few geopolitical agendas that are pushing the realm relentlessly towards a massive worldwide struggle, and probably towards nuclear destruction or apocalypse. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has lately put the "Doomsday Clock" at 3 mins to dead night. symptoms pointing towards a potential grand catastrophe are a number of: in every single place one seems to be in our global this day one unearths ethnic and non secular conflicts, bloody mayhem, incipient genocide, proxy wars and "hybrid" wars", renewal of the chilly struggle. upload to those ills worldwide monetary crises, significant streams of refugees, and the threats posed via international warming - and the image of a global in whole ailment is entire. therefore, it truly is excessive time for humankind to get up. ranging from the portrayal of worldwide "anomie", the publication concerns a choice to humans all over the place to oppose the frenzy to destruction and to come back to political sanity and the hunt for peace. this can be a name to worldwide public accountability. In moral phrases, it says that individuals in every single place have a duty to avoid apocalypse and to "maintain" our global or "hold the realm jointly" in all its dimensions - together with the scale of human and social lifestyles, average ecology, and human non secular aspirations (or openness to the divine). otherwise out: in lieu of the existing illness and brokenness, the ebook urges us to go looking for a brand new "wholeness" and simply peace.

The e-book is intercultural and likewise inter-disciplinary. because the objective is holistic - to carry the area jointly - the ebook inevitably has to attract on many disciplines: together with philosophy, theology, social technology, historical past, and literature. when it comes to Western philosophical and highbrow legacies, it attracts usually at the teachings of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. It additionally deals a very new interpretation of the paintings of Thomas Hobbes, unearthing during this paintings a moral call for to go out from the country of perpetual conflict towards a shared commonwealth. The textual content additionally is dependent upon the lessons of Christian theology (both Catholic and Protestant), invoking at the most important junctures the works of Karl Barth, Raimon Panikkar, and others. when it comes to non-Western highbrow and religious legacies, the ebook bargains new interpretations of prime texts within the Indian and chinese language traditions. therefore, emphasis is put on the tips of "world upkeep" (loka-samgraha) in Hinduism and of "All-Under-Heaven" in classical chinese language proposal. even though a imperative thrust of the textual content is for a brand new wholeness, the aim isn't really a uniform synthesis the place every thing will be swallowed up in a bland team spirit. fairly the problem is the right way to safeguard variety of the area in its rightful integrity, by means of linking all components in a fancy internet of interconnections and "relationality".

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