Against Apocalypse: Recovering Humanity's Wholeness by Fred Dallmayr

By Fred Dallmayr

The booklet denounces the irresponsible recklessness of a few geopolitical agendas that are pushing the realm relentlessly towards an important worldwide battle, and probably 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: in all places one appears in our global this present day one unearths ethnic and spiritual conflicts, bloody mayhem, incipient genocide, proxy wars and "hybrid" wars", renewal of the chilly conflict. upload to those ills worldwide financial crises, huge streams of refugees, and the threats posed by way of worldwide warming - and the image of a global in entire ailment is whole. hence, it truly is excessive time for humankind to get up. ranging from the portrayal of worldwide "anomie", the e-book matters a decision to humans all over the place to oppose the push to destruction and to come back to political sanity and the search for peace. it is 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 area jointly" in all its dimensions - together with the scale of human and social existence, ordinary ecology, and human religious aspirations (or openness to the divine). another way out: in lieu of the existing disease and brokenness, the booklet urges us to look for a brand new "wholeness" and simply peace.

The booklet is intercultural and likewise 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 technological know-how, heritage, and literature. when it comes to Western philosophical and highbrow legacies, it attracts ordinarily at the teachings of Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Derrida. It additionally deals a totally new interpretation of the paintings of Thomas Hobbes, unearthing during this paintings a moral call for to go out from the nation of perpetual battle towards a shared commonwealth. The textual content additionally is determined by 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 non secular legacies, the ebook deals new interpretations of top 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 supposing a valuable thrust of the textual content is for a brand new wholeness, the target isn't really a uniform synthesis the place every thing will be swallowed up in a bland cohesion. particularly the problem is tips on how to safeguard range of the area in its rightful integrity, through linking all parts in a fancy internet of interconnections and "relationality".

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