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Integral Pluralism

Fred Dallmayr

in Integral Pluralism

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125718
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135397 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125718.003.0001
Integral Pluralism

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The world was conceived as “cosmos”: an appealingly structured ensemble endowed with internal coherence and a high degree of intelligibility. In the social and political domain, the same assumption lends credence to the Hobbesian “war of all against all,” a formula rendering the traditional notion of the “good life” hopelessly obsolete or apocryphal. The question remains whether these and related developments necessarily imply a negation or rejection of “cosmos” in the sense of a coherently holistic pattern. The ongoing process of pluralization or dispersal requires a resolute reaffirmation of integral holism, even at the price of restoring traditional autocracies and social hierarchies.

Keywords: cosmos; intelligibility; Hobbesian; pluralization; holism

Chapter.  7836 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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