How Much Globalization Can We Bear?

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According to current deabtes, 'individualization' has frequently been proposed as the conceptual counterpart to 'globalization'. It has often seemed that nothing would be left once these processes have fully unfolded, other than individual human atoms dispersed on a globe without any political, economic or cultural structures.

Regardless of whether this description is based on any good and valid observation, nobody drew the conclusion that suddenly emerges as evident after ...

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Overview

According to current deabtes, 'individualization' has frequently been proposed as the conceptual counterpart to 'globalization'. It has often seemed that nothing would be left once these processes have fully unfolded, other than individual human atoms dispersed on a globe without any political, economic or cultural structures.

Regardless of whether this description is based on any good and valid observation, nobody drew the conclusion that suddenly emerges as evident after reading Rudiger Safranski's lucid and timely exploration of the issue: globalization, if it occurs, means a radical change in the human condition. It brings human being in direct confrontation with the world in its totality. Almost unnoticed in broader debate, the scenario of globalization entails a return - in new a radical guise - of the time-honoured question of the ways of being-in-the-world of human beings.

In this compelling new book, the philosopher Rudiger Safranski grapples with the pressing problems of the global age: 'Big Brother' states, terrorism, international security and the seeming impossibility of 'world' peace. He suggests that the era ofglobalization should not be thought of as that epoch in world history in which all human beings will see themselves in the same, indistinct situation. There will always be, Sanfranski argues, some need for understanding one's own situation by drawing boundaries and conceptualizing 'otherness' and individuality.

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"A slightly eccentric, but very enjoyable, account ofglobalization."
Australian Journal of Political Science

"We might wonder whether anything new remains to be said onglobalization. Reading RĂ¼diger Safranski's account of theissue, it becomes immediately obvious, maybe surprisingly, that theanswer can be highly affirmative."
Peter Wagner, European University Institute andUniversity of Warwick

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745633886
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/15/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 100
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Safranski, Philosopher and Writer

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Table of Contents

Preface: Understanding Globalization: Between Sociology andPhilosophy (Peter Wagner).

1. First nature, Second Nature.

2. Globalization.

3. Globalism.

4. Making Enemies.

5. World Peace?.

6. The Global and the Other Totality.

7. The Individual and the Immune System.

8. Jungle and Clearing.

9. False Glows.

10. Creating Space.

Notes.

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