1. The Hidden Paradox of Human History
I. Homo Empathicus
2. The New View of Human Nature
3. A Sentient Interpretation of Biological Evolution
4. Becoming Human
5. Rethinking the Meaning of the Human Journey
II. Empathy and Civilization
6. The Ancient Theological Brain and Patriarchal Economy
7. Cosmopolitan Rome and the Rise of Urban Christianity
8. The Soft Industrial Revolution of the Late Medieval Era
and the Birth of Humanism
9. Ideological Thinking in a Modern Market Economy
10. Psychological Consciousness in a Postmodern Existential
III. The Age of Empathy
11. The Climb to Global Peak Empathy
12. The Planetary Entropic Abyss
13. The Emerging Era of Distributed Capitalism
14. The Theatrical Self in an Improvisational Society
15. Biosphere Consciousness in a Climax Economy
About the Author
"The kind of reading fans of Jared Diamond and Richard Dawkins can sink their teeth into, with a contagious sense of urgency over whether we can 'reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse.'"
"A thoroughly entertaining read."
"Many in the scholarly, religious, and political fields praise Jeremy Rifkin for a willingness to think big, raise controversial questions, and serve as a social and ethical prophet."
New York Times
Rifkin is "one of the leading big-picture thinkers of our day."
"Rifkin poses real questions that we've spent too little time thinking about."
• This book is a wide-ranging account of the rise of a new form of global consciousness and collective responsibility in the emerging era of what Rifkin calls 'distributed capitalism'
• A highly original reflection on how the new forms of technology and economy emerging today are creating new forms of consciousness and shared responsibility
• Engages directly with the current financial crisis and how to move beyond it