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The Future of Values
With a Preface by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO
368 pages, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-442-5 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (September 2004)
ISBN 978-1-57181-443-2 $34.95/£24.00 Pb Published (September 2004)
“… a passionate plea for a society of knowledge.” • Le Figaro
Genocide and community violence, the loss of ethical landmarks and social "order," lack of confidence in the viability of the prevailing system and economic forces: the 20th century has painfully challenged all our certainties concerning society, history, and humankind. This volume offers reflections on the likely nature of the values of the 21st century and addresses questions such as whether aesthetics will prevail over ethics, whether the third industrial revolution and its forms of globalization will shatter culture as we know it, hasten the decline of thousands of languages, or give rise to new forms of racism or "genism."
This volume, the second anthology originating from UNESCO’s "Twenty-first Century Dialogues," brings together about fifty scientists and researchers from the four corners of the world to ponder the future of values and humanity.
Contributors include: Arjun Appadurai, Jean Baudrillard, Peter Sloterdikjk, Paul Ricoeur, Julia Kristeva, Paul Kennedy, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Delors, Edward O. Wilson, Nadine Gordimer, Achille Mbembe, Adalbert Barreto, Trinh Xuan Thuan.
Jérôme Bindé is Director of the Office of Analysis and Forecasting at UNESCO, where he is responsible for the cycle of the "Twenty-First Century Talks." He is the principal co-author of an international report on Un monde nouveau.
Subject: General Cultural Studies
List of Abbreviations
Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO
PART I: THE FUTURE OF VALUES
Twilight, Clash or Hybridization of Values?
Chapter 1. Towards a Twilight of Values?
Chapter 2. Tactical Humanism
Chapter 3. From the Universal to the Singular: The Violence of the Global
Values and the Challenge of the Inhuman
Chapter 4. The Culture of the Inhuman
Chapter 5. The Devil’s Advocate, between the Ethical and the Systemic
Serious Values or Frivolous Values?
Chapter 6. The Ethics of Complexity and the Problem of Values in the Twenty-First Century
Chapter 7. For a Subversive Genesis of Values
Chapter 8. Towards a Frivolousness of Values?
Beyond the Aestheticization of Values?
Chapter 9. Art Beyond Aestheticism
Chapter 10. Towards a Postmodern Ethic of the Aesthetic
Chapter 11. The Soul of Values
Towards the Reinterpretation of Values?
Chapter 12. Values and the Construction of Subjectivity
Chapter 13. Towards a Feminizing of Values?
Chapter 14. The Rise of Associations and New Forms of Solidarity
Chapter 15. Universal Project, Multiple Heritages
Towards the Century of the Spirit?
Chapter 16. The Emergence of Cognitive Civilization
Chapter 17. Religion and the Challenge of the Spiritual in the Twenty-First Century
Souleymane Bachir Diagne
PART II: GLOBALIZATION, NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND CULTURE
Globalization and the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’
Chapter 18. Globalization and its Discontents
Chapter 19. Globalization, Peace and Cosmopolitics
Chapter 20. Science, Technology and Globalization
The New Technologies and Culture
Chapter 21.The Age of Access
Chapter 22. Is Culture Threatened?
Cultural Globalization and the Preservation of Diversity
Chapter 23. A Tamed Schizophrenia?
Chapter 24. Reconstructing Culture
The Future of Languages
Chapter 25. Colonization, Globalization and the Future of Languages
Salikoko S. Mufwene
Chapter 26. The Life, Death and Resurrection of Languages
PART III: TOWARDS NEW SOCIAL CONTRACTS?
The New Social Contract and Lifelong Education for All
Chapter 27. Towards Lifelong Education for All
Chapter 28. Education and Citizenship in the Twenty-First Century
Chapter 29. Women and the Future of Education
A Natural Contract and the Future of Development
Chapter 30. The Natural Contract and Development in the Twenty-First Century
Chapter 31. The Future of Biodiversity
Chapter 32. Environment and Development in the Approaches to 2020
Framing a Cultural Contract for the Twenty-First Century
Chapter 33. The Case for a Cultural Contract
Chapter 34. What Future for Cultural Pluralism?
Chapter 35. Culture in the Twenty-First Century: Cloning or Hybridization?
Chapter 36. Towards an Ethical Contract? 233 Bioethics and the Future of Living Things
Chapter 37. Future Ethics and Politics
Chapter 38. Development in the Twenty-First Century?
Lord Meghnad Desai
Chapter 39. Shaping a Universal Consciousness
PART IV: SCIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND FORESIGHT
The Human Impact of the Genetic Revolution
Chapter 40. Does Natural Selection Still Drive Evolution?
Chapter 41. From Genetic Mystification to Molecular Policing
Chapter 42. The Political Challenge of Genetic Engineering
The New Faces of Racism
Chapter 43. Racism, Globalization and the Genetic Revolution
Pierre Sané and Jérôme Bindé
Chapter 44. The New Aspects of Racism in the Age of Globalization and the Gene Revolution
Chapter 45. Genism, Racism and the Prospect of Genetic Genocide
Chapter 46. Genome, Biology and Racism
Chapter 47. Racism as a Practice of the Imagination
Chapter 48. The Changing Face of Racism
Self-Knowledge: Anticipating and Preventing Sickness of the Soul
Chapter 49. The New Maladies of the Soul Julia Kristeva Chapter 50. The Compression of Time and Sickness of the Soul Denise Bombardier Chapter 51. Exclusion and Sickness of the Soul Adalberto Barreto
Human Beings and the Future of the Universe
Chapter 52. The Future of the Universe: Big Bang or Big Crunch?
Trinh Xuan Thuan
Chapter 53. Cosmologies of the Future
Chapter 54. Scientific Enquiry: Doubts and Certainties
Conclusion: In Search of Lost Time
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