A world which, like ours, has been ravaged by some sixty wars in recent decades, can rightly be described as the scene of global disorder. Even today, the same world is traumatized by hot and cold wars, proxy wars, and repeated outbursts of blood-filled mayhem, not to mention the threat of a nuclear holocaust unleashed by big power rivalries. These are not mere statistics, but wounds in the body of humanity, calling for healing and reconciliation. In biblical terms, human beings are not meant to be the owners or the destroyers of the world, but rather its custodians or caretakers.
This collection is a summons to responsible care-taking, and it approaches the subject from an intercultural perspective in a variety of fields, including religion and politics. The topics covered range from accounts of major global calamities today to explorations of possible political, economic and societal reforms, and to the invocation of basic religious and philosophical resources needed for the recovery of a world beyond global disorder.
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This collection is a summons to responsible care-taking, and it approaches the subject from an intercultural perspective. The topics covered range from accounts of major global calamities today to explorations of possible political, economic and societal reforms.
"I am glad to learn about the book. The topic could hardly be more timely and important."Noam ChomskyMassachusetts Institute of Technology, USA"This is an outstanding collection of original essays by distinguished scholars from the East, Middle East, and West. While it moves increasingly towards its theme of hope despite the global disorder of the present, it is anything but saccharine in its approach: It views the disorder, much of it born of serious past malfeasances by state actors, as very real, and it insists, from its title onwards, that transformative hope requires considerable courage under the circumstances."William L. McBrideImmediate Past President, International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP)"The volume analyzes the present system of hegemonic globalization with deep insight and offers much-needed hope for resisting and possibly transforming it. As such, it issues an urgent call both for sober attention and transformative praxis."Joseph PrabhuProfessor of Philosophy and Religion, California State University-Los Angeles, USA"The superb contributions to this volume illuminate our current global disorder comprehensively and trenchantly, from the spiritual to the material and beyond. They are imperative reading for anyone seeking a truly global understanding of today's global crises and the utter futility of unipolar solutions based on monological reasoning."David B. IngramProfessor of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago, USA"The editors have assembled a collection of top international scholars who analyze why we live in a world of so much violence, domination, and disorder. They propose ways to overcome that disorder and to nurture a sustainable world of greater justice and peace."Douglas AllenProfessor of Philosophy, University of Maine, USA"The title of this remarkable collection of essays gives the lie to the oft heard phrase ‘New World Order’ which is in fact a form of disorder based on militarism and unipolar global hegemony on the part of the United States.... The book itself is located at the crossroads of hopelessness and hope - on the one hand with a full awareness of the grimness of our global situation, not only military, but also environmental, and on the other a determination to work for a better and more cosmopolitan future. The contributions come from a variety of disciplines and cultural backgrounds, including China, with an essay on spiritual humanism and another on Muslim ethics in an era of globalism."David LorimerParadigm Explorer: Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network, 124 (2017/2)
Fred Dallmayr is Packey J. Dee Professor Emeritus in the fields of philosophy and political science at the University of Notre Dame, USA. His main research interests have been in modern and contemporary philosophy, comparative and cross-cultural studies, and religion and politics. His recent books include Being in the World: Dialogue and Cosmopolis (2013), Beyond Apocalypse: Recovering Humanity's Wholeness (2016), and Freedom and Solidarity: Toward New Beginnings (2016). Edward Demenchonok is Professor of Foreign Languages and Philosophy at Fort Valley State University, USA. His numerous books and articles are in the fields of the philosophy of culture, social philosophy and ethics. He is the editor of Between Global Violence and Ethics of Peace: Philosophical Perspectives (2009); Philosophy after Hiroshima (2010); and Intercultural Dialogue: In Search of Harmony in Diversity (2016).