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 area relentlessly towards a huge worldwide warfare, 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 the place one appears in our international this day one unearths ethnic and spiritual conflicts, bloody mayhem, incipient genocide, proxy wars and "hybrid" wars", renewal of the chilly battle. upload to those ills worldwide financial crises, titanic streams of refugees, and the threats posed by means of international warming - and the image of an international in entire sickness is whole. therefore, it truly is excessive time for humankind to get up. ranging from the portrayal of world "anomie", the ebook concerns a choice to humans in every single place to oppose the frenzy 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 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 scale of human and social existence, typical ecology, and human non secular aspirations (or openness to the divine). in a different way out: in lieu of the present illness and brokenness, the booklet urges us to go looking for a brand new "wholeness" and simply peace.

The e-book is intercultural and likewise inter-disciplinary. because the goal is holistic - to carry the realm jointly - the e-book 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 in general 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 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. when it comes to non-Western highbrow and non secular legacies, the booklet deals new interpretations of major texts within the Indian and chinese language traditions. therefore, emphasis is put on the information of "world upkeep" (loka-samgraha) in Hinduism and of "All-Under-Heaven" in classical chinese language idea. even though a important 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 harmony. really the difficulty is tips to look after variety of the area in its rightful integrity, via linking all parts in a fancy internet of interconnections and "relationality".

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