How Much Globalization Can We Bear?
January 2006, Polity
Regardless of whether this description is based on any good and
valid observation, nobody drew the conclusion that suddenly emerges
as evident after reading Rüdiger 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 Rüdiger 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.
1. First nature, Second Nature.
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.
- In this new book, Rüdiger Safranski considers our current
preoccupation with global developments and threats - catastrophic
climate changes, jet-setting, high-tech communications and the
perfect 'big brother' state, international security and
- How Much Globalization Can We Bear? offers an engaging
and illustrative analysis of the conceptual move from a
globalization of endless promise to a globalization which imprisons
- The book will be a compelling contribution to the literature on
- Will be of interest to the general reader and to students of Globalization, Politics and Sociology.
Australian Journal of Political Science
"We might wonder whether anything new remains to be said on
globalization. Reading Rüdiger Safranski's account of the
issue, it becomes immediately obvious, maybe surprisingly, that the
answer can be highly affirmative."
Peter Wagner, European University Institute and University of Warwick