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Nature, science and cosmology

Bill Jordan

in Why the Third Way failed

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9781847426567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304296 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847426567.003.0004
Nature, science and cosmology

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This chapter turns to a more fundamental failure of the Third Way – its inability to recognise and challenge tendencies in global capitalism that threaten future well-being. The obvious manifestation of this inadequacy is the coming environmental catastrophe, but the issues are broader and deeper even than this. The chapter also shows how the Third Way came to illustrate a disturbing one-sidedness in human development, both intellectual and social. This manifests itself in the attempt to rationalise, organise, depersonalise, and sanitise all aspects of social interaction. The chapter suggests that it is the right side of the brain which is more capable of the ‘frame shifts’ required by environmental challenges, and by those of globalisation more generally.

Keywords: global capitalism; environmental catastrophe; Third Way; human development; social interaction; one-sidedness; right brain

Chapter.  8641 words. 

Subjects: Economic Sociology

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