In Global Challenges for Leviathan, Furio Cerutti illumines for the reader the precarious situation in which the world currently exists. Far beyond international terrorism and the troubles with globalization in our age, there are two threats that really are global, as they can hurt everyone on earth and can be addressed only by the combined effort of all relevant human groups. Nuclear weapons may now play a lesser role than they did during the Cold War, but they will always endanger the survival of humankind, while global warming can bring disaster to future generations. Not only our obligations to current and future generations but also the very feeling that our life has little meaning if we or our posterity are confronted with man-made annihilation requires us to deal with these two global challenges. Neither the political realism that relies on deterrence and market fundamentalism nor the utopian salvation entrusted to world government provide an adequate response to global challenges. The question that confonts us is whether politics and democracy will be able to put these challenges on their agendas. Cerutti shows how political philosophy can highlight problems and prevent illusions, and how it can teach us to live in an uncertain world.
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About the Author
Furio Cerutti is professor of political philosophy at the University of Florence, and he has recently co-edited A Soul for Europe and The Search for a European Identity.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I: The Rise and Fall of Modern Political Rationality Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Risk or Challenge? Chapter 4 Chapter 2. The Rationality of Modern Political Order Chapter 5 Chapter 3. The End of Political Modernity Chapter 6 Chapter 4. The Challenge of Global Warming Part 7 Part II: Philosophical and Political Perspectives Chapter 8 Chapter 5. We, the Future Generations, and Humankind Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Meaning and History under Global Threats Chapter 10 Chapter 7. The Politics of Global Challenges