The End of Certainty: Towards a New Internationalism

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The End of Certainty is a magical realist book on world politics. Stephen Chan takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride through how we can establish a new kind of international relations and construct a common future for the planet.

Chan argues that the certainties of singular traditions of philosophy have failed to help us understand power shifts and struggles in an endlessly diverse world. Fusing different strands of Western, Eastern, religious and philosophical thought is far...

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Overview

The End of Certainty is a magical realist book on world politics. Stephen Chan takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride through how we can establish a new kind of international relations and construct a common future for the planet.

Chan argues that the certainties of singular traditions of philosophy have failed to help us understand power shifts and struggles in an endlessly diverse world. Fusing different strands of Western, Eastern, religious and philosophical thought is far more likely to help us move forward amidst uncertainty. In doing so, Chan takes us on a journey from the battlefields of Eritrea to the Twin Towers, via the Book of Job, Clausewitz, Fanon and Wahhabism.

You'll never think about international politics in quite the same way again.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848133044
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 7/15/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Chan is Professor of International Relations and was the foundation Dean of Law and Social Sciences in the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

A story introduces it 1

1 A failed species? 5

2 Fusion, frenzy and madness 30

3 The new brutalisms 64

4 Mercy and the modern world 93

5 The Tao of international relations 124

6 What should God do about evil? 158

7 Buying loyalty 181

8 Writing politics 201

9 Transcendence and power 222

10 What is to be done? 249

Bibliographical essay and acknowledgements 306

Index 315

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