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The Future of Values

21st-Century Talks

Jérôme Bindé
With a Preface by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO

368 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-57181-442-5 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (September 2004)

ISBN  978-1-57181-443-2 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (September 2004)

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“… 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: Heritage Studies


List of Abbreviations

Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO

Jérôme Bindé


Aziza Bennani

Twilight, Clash or Hybridization of Values?

Chapter 1. Towards a Twilight of Values?
Gianni Vattimo

Chapter 2. Tactical Humanism
Arjun Appadurai

Chapter 3. From the Universal to the Singular: The Violence of the Global
Jean Baudrillard

Values and the Challenge of the Inhuman

Chapter 4. The Culture of the Inhuman
Hélé Béji

Chapter 5. The Devil’s Advocate, between the Ethical and the Systemic
Peter Sloterdijk

Serious Values or Frivolous Values?

Chapter 6. The Ethics of Complexity and the Problem of Values in the Twenty-First Century
Edgar Morin

Chapter 7. For a Subversive Genesis of Values
Mohammed Arkoun

Chapter 8. Towards a Frivolousness of Values?
Jean-Joseph Goux

Beyond the Aestheticization of Values?

Chapter 9. Art Beyond Aestheticism
Wolfgang Welsch

Chapter 10. Towards a Postmodern Ethic of the Aesthetic
Michel Maffesoli

Chapter 11. The Soul of Values
Victor Massuh

Towards the Reinterpretation of Values?

Chapter 12. Values and the Construction of Subjectivity
Candido Mendes

Chapter 13. Towards a Feminizing of Values?
Julia Kristeva

Chapter 14. The Rise of Associations and New Forms of Solidarity
Roger Sue

Chapter 15. Universal Project, Multiple Heritages
Paul Ricoeur

Towards the Century of the Spirit?

Chapter 16. The Emergence of Cognitive Civilization
Thierry Gaudin

Chapter 17. Religion and the Challenge of the Spiritual in the Twenty-First Century
Souleymane Bachir Diagne


Globalization and the ‘Third Industrial Revolution’

Chapter 18. Globalization and its Discontents
Paul Kennedy

Chapter 19. Globalization, Peace and Cosmopolitics
Jacques Derrida

Chapter 20. Science, Technology and Globalization
Francisco Sagasti

The New Technologies and Culture

Chapter 21.The Age of Access
Jeremy Rifkin

Chapter 22. Is Culture Threatened?
Michel Serres

Cultural Globalization and the Preservation of Diversity

Chapter 23. A Tamed Schizophrenia?
Daryush Shayegan

Chapter 24. Reconstructing Culture
Alain Touraine

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
Claude Hagège


The New Social Contract and Lifelong Education for All

Chapter 27. Towards Lifelong Education for All
Jacques Delors

Chapter 28. Education and Citizenship in the Twenty-First Century
Jelyu Jelev

Chapter 29. Women and the Future of Education
Fay Chung

A Natural Contract and the Future of Development

Chapter 30. The Natural Contract and Development in the Twenty-First Century
Jérôme Bindé

Chapter 31. The Future of Biodiversity
Thomas Odhiambo

Chapter 32. Environment and Development in the Approaches to 2020
Mostafa Tolba

Framing a Cultural Contract for the Twenty-First Century

Chapter 33. The Case for a Cultural Contract
Alain Touraine

Chapter 34. What Future for Cultural Pluralism?
Hélé Béji

Chapter 35. Culture in the Twenty-First Century: Cloning or Hybridization?
Eduardo Portella

Chapter 36. Towards an Ethical Contract? 233 Bioethics and the Future of Living Things
Ryuichi Ida

Chapter 37. Future Ethics and Politics
Edgar Morin

Chapter 38. Development in the Twenty-First Century?
Lord Meghnad Desai

Chapter 39. Shaping a Universal Consciousness
Luc Montagnier


The Human Impact of the Genetic Revolution

Chapter 40. Does Natural Selection Still Drive Evolution?
Edward Wilson

Chapter 41. From Genetic Mystification to Molecular Policing
Jacques Testart

Chapter 42. The Political Challenge of Genetic Engineering
Gianni Vattimo

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
Nadine Gordimer

Chapter 45. Genism, Racism and the Prospect of Genetic Genocide
George Annas

Chapter 46. Genome, Biology and Racism
Axel Kahn

Chapter 47. Racism as a Practice of the Imagination
Achille Mbembe

Chapter 48. The Changing Face of Racism
Elikia M’Bokolo

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
Nicolas Prantzos

Chapter 54. Scientific Enquiry: Doubts and Certainties
André Brahic

Conclusion: In Search of Lost Time
Jérôme Bindé

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