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Care of the World

Fear, Responsibility and Justice in the Global Age

Series: Studies in Global Justice, Vol. 11

Pulcini, Elena

Translated by Whittle, K.

2013, XI, 272 p.

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  • Connects fear, responsibility and care
  • Proposes an very original Philosophy of the global age
  • Deals with a nexus neglected by contemporary reflection

This book proposes a philosophy of care in a global age. It discusses the distinguishing and opposing pathologies produced by globalization: unlimited individualism or self-obsession, manifested as (Promethean) omnipotence and (narcissistic) indifference, and endogamous communitarianism or an ‘us’-obsession that results in conflict and violence. The polarization between a lack and an excess of pathos is reflected in the distorted forms taken on by fear. The book advocates a metamorphosis of fear, which may restore in the subject an awareness of vulnerability and become the precondition for moral action. Such awareness and the recognition of the condition of contamination caused by the other’s unavoidable presence teach us to fear for rather than be afraid of. Fear for the world means care of the world, and care, understood as concern and solicitude, is a new notion of responsibility, in which the stress is shifted to a relational subject capable of responding to and taking care of the other. From a global perspective, the proposed vision of care also compels us to explore a new paradigm of justice. 

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Anxiety - Care - Care of the World - Community - Conflict - Difference - Endogamic Communitaianism - Endogamic Communitarianism - Excess of Pathos - Fear - Global Fear - Global Risks - Global Vulnerability - Humanity - Identity - Indifference - Individualism - Metamorphosis of Fear - Modernity - Modernity and Fear - Moral Philosophy - Narcissus - Omnipotence - Political Philosophy - Productive Fear - Prometheus - Psychology / Psychoanalysis - Reciprocal Fear - Repsonsibility - Social Philosophy - Society - Sociology - Solidaristic Recognition - The Global Age - Unlimited Individualism - Victims - Violence - Vulnerability - Vulnerable Humanity

Related subjects » Personality & Social Psychology - Political Science - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

Translator’s note.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- The ambivalence of globalization.- Part One Pathologies of the Global Age: unlimited individualism, endogamous communitarianism.- Unlimited individualism.- 2. Endogamous communitarianism.- Part Two Pathologies of Feeling: the metamorphosis of fear in the global age.- 1. Modernity and fear.- 2. Risk society: From Fear to Anxiety?.- 3. Spectators and victims: between denial and projection.- Part Three Responsibility and Care of the World.- 1. Actors: relearning to fear.- 2. From fear to care.- 3. A world in common.- Part Four Care and Justice.- 1. Care versus justice?.- 2. The passions of justice.- 3. Beyond justice.-Index.

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