New PDF release: Against Apocalypse: Recovering Humanity's Wholeness

By Fred Dallmayr

ISBN-10: 1498524443

ISBN-13: 9781498524445

ISBN-10: 149852446X

ISBN-13: 9781498524469

The publication denounces the irresponsible recklessness of a few geopolitical agendas that are pushing the area relentlessly towards a massive worldwide struggle, and doubtless towards nuclear destruction or apocalypse. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has lately put the "Doomsday Clock" at 3 mins to middle of the night. indicators pointing towards a potential grand catastrophe are a number of: far and wide one appears in our international at the present time one reveals ethnic and non secular conflicts, bloody mayhem, incipient genocide, proxy wars and "hybrid" wars", renewal of the chilly conflict. upload to those ills worldwide financial crises, sizeable streams of refugees, and the threats posed by means of worldwide warming - and the image of a global in entire sickness is entire. therefore, it truly is excessive time for humankind to get up. ranging from the portrayal of world "anomie", the publication concerns a choice to humans in all places to oppose the push to destruction and to come to political sanity and the search for peace. this can be a name to international public accountability. In moral phrases, it says that folks in all places have a duty to avoid apocalypse and to "maintain" our international or "hold the area jointly" in all its dimensions - together with the scale of human and social lifestyles, traditional ecology, and human non secular aspirations (or openness to the divine). in a different way out: in lieu of the existing sickness and brokenness, the publication urges us to go looking for a brand new "wholeness" and simply peace.

The booklet is intercultural and in addition inter-disciplinary. because the target is holistic - to carry the realm jointly - the publication inevitably has to attract on many disciplines: together with philosophy, theology, social technology, heritage, and literature. by way of Western philosophical and highbrow legacies, it attracts customarily at the teachings of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. It additionally bargains a very new interpretation of the paintings of Thomas Hobbes, unearthing during this paintings a moral call for to go out from the kingdom of perpetual war 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. by way of non-Western highbrow and religious legacies, the booklet deals new interpretations of prime texts within the Indian and chinese language traditions. hence, emphasis is put on the guidelines of "world upkeep" (loka-samgraha) in Hinduism and of "All-Under-Heaven" in classical chinese language concept. even supposing a vital thrust of the textual content is for a brand new wholeness, the target isn't really a uniform synthesis the place every little thing will be swallowed up in a bland solidarity. particularly the difficulty is how one can protect variety of the area in its rightful integrity, by way of linking all components in a posh net of interconnections and "relationality".

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