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

By Fred Dallmayr

The ebook denounces the irresponsible recklessness of a few geopolitical agendas that are pushing the realm relentlessly towards an immense international battle, and probably towards nuclear destruction or apocalypse. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has lately put the "Doomsday Clock" at 3 mins to hour of darkness. indicators pointing towards a potential grand catastrophe are a number of: all over one seems to be in our international this present day 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 monetary crises, colossal streams of refugees, and the threats posed by way of international warming - and the image of an international in entire affliction is entire. hence, it's excessive time for humankind to get up. ranging from the portrayal of worldwide "anomie", the booklet matters a choice to humans all over to oppose the push to destruction and to come to political sanity and the search for peace. this can be a name to worldwide 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 realm jointly" in all its dimensions - together with the scale of human and social lifestyles, ordinary ecology, and human non secular aspirations (or openness to the divine). in a different way out: in lieu of the present disease and brokenness, the publication 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 ebook inevitably has to attract on many disciplines: together with philosophy, theology, social technology, historical past, and literature. by way of Western philosophical and highbrow legacies, it attracts quite often 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 country of perpetual struggle towards a shared commonwealth. The textual content additionally depends 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 bargains new interpretations of top texts within the Indian and chinese language traditions. hence, emphasis is put on the tips of "world upkeep" (loka-samgraha) in Hinduism and of "All-Under-Heaven" in classical chinese language inspiration. even supposing a primary 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 problem is how one can look after variety of the realm in its rightful integrity, through linking all components in a posh net of interconnections and "relationality".

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