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By Fred Dallmayr

The publication denounces the irresponsible recklessness of a few geopolitical agendas that are pushing the area relentlessly towards an enormous worldwide conflict, and probably 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: all over the place one seems to be in our international at the present time one unearths ethnic and non secular conflicts, bloody mayhem, incipient genocide, proxy wars and "hybrid" wars", renewal of the chilly struggle. upload to those ills international fiscal crises, gigantic streams of refugees, and the threats posed through international warming - and the image of an international in whole ailment is entire. therefore, it really is excessive time for humankind to get up. ranging from the portrayal of worldwide "anomie", the publication concerns a decision to humans far and wide to oppose the frenzy to destruction and to come to political sanity and the search for peace. it is a name to worldwide public accountability. In moral phrases, it says that folks all over 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 non secular aspirations (or openness to the divine). otherwise out: in lieu of the present ailment and brokenness, the publication urges us to go looking for a brand new "wholeness" and simply peace.

The e-book is intercultural and likewise inter-disciplinary. because the target is holistic - to carry the realm jointly - the publication unavoidably has to attract on many disciplines: together with philosophy, theology, social technological know-how, background, and literature. when it comes to Western philosophical and highbrow legacies, it attracts usually 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 depends on 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 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 notion. even if a significant 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 cohesion. particularly the problem is tips on how to safeguard variety of the area in its rightful integrity, through linking all parts in a fancy internet of interconnections and "relationality".

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