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

By Fred Dallmayr

The publication denounces the irresponsible recklessness of a few geopolitical agendas that are pushing the area relentlessly towards an immense international battle, and doubtless towards nuclear destruction or apocalypse. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has lately put the "Doomsday Clock" at 3 mins to nighttime. symptoms pointing towards a potential grand catastrophe are a number of: all over the place one appears in our global at the present time one unearths ethnic and non secular conflicts, bloody mayhem, incipient genocide, proxy wars and "hybrid" wars", renewal of the chilly battle. upload to those ills worldwide financial crises, enormous streams of refugees, and the threats posed by way of worldwide warming - and the image of a global in whole affliction is whole. hence, it really is excessive time for humankind to get up. ranging from the portrayal of world "anomie", the e-book matters a choice to humans all over to oppose the frenzy to destruction and to come back to political sanity and the hunt for peace. it is a name to international public accountability. In moral phrases, it says that individuals in all places have a duty to avoid apocalypse and to "maintain" our global or "hold the realm jointly" in all its dimensions - together with the size of human and social lifestyles, common ecology, and human religious aspirations (or openness to the divine). another way out: in lieu of the existing illness and brokenness, the publication urges us to look for a brand new "wholeness" and simply peace.

The e-book is intercultural and in addition inter-disciplinary. because the objective is holistic - to carry the area jointly - the publication unavoidably has to attract on many disciplines: together with philosophy, theology, social technological know-how, heritage, and literature. by way of Western philosophical and highbrow legacies, it attracts often at the teachings of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. It additionally bargains a totally 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 an important junctures the works of Karl Barth, Raimon Panikkar, and others. by way of non-Western highbrow and non secular legacies, the booklet deals new interpretations of top texts within the Indian and chinese language traditions. hence, emphasis is put on the information of "world upkeep" (loka-samgraha) in Hinduism and of "All-Under-Heaven" in classical chinese language inspiration. even if a critical thrust of the textual content is for a brand new wholeness, the aim isn't a uniform synthesis the place every thing will be swallowed up in a bland team spirit. quite the difficulty is the best way to shield variety of the area in its rightful integrity, by way of linking all parts in a fancy net of interconnections and "relationality".

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