By Fred Dallmayr

The e-book denounces the irresponsible recklessness of a few geopolitical agendas that are pushing the area relentlessly towards a tremendous international warfare, and probably towards nuclear destruction or apocalypse. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has lately positioned the "Doomsday Clock" at 3 mins to nighttime. indicators pointing towards a potential grand catastrophe are a number of: all over the place one seems to be in our global at the present time one reveals 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, huge streams of refugees, and the threats posed by means of worldwide warming - and the image of a global in whole affliction is entire. therefore, it truly is excessive time for humankind to get up. ranging from the portrayal of worldwide "anomie", the ebook matters a choice to humans in all places to oppose the push to destruction and to come back to political sanity and the hunt 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 global or "hold the area jointly" in all its dimensions - together with the size of human and social existence, usual ecology, and human religious aspirations (or openness to the divine). another way 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 goal 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. when it comes to Western philosophical and highbrow legacies, it attracts customarily 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 kingdom of perpetual conflict 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 bargains new interpretations of prime 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 concept. even though a valuable thrust of the textual content is for a brand new wholeness, the objective isn't really a uniform synthesis the place every little thing will be swallowed up in a bland harmony. really the problem is the way to guard range of the area in its rightful integrity, by means of linking all parts in a posh internet of interconnections and "relationality".

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