Global Democracy and Human Self-Transcendence (2018)

and One World Renaissance (2016)


Table of Contents for Global Democracy and Human Self-Transcendence

global democracy and human self transcendence

Global Democracy and Human Self-Transcendence

The power of the future for planetary transformation

Glen T. Martin

(Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2018)

Table of Contents

List of Tables



Our Planetary Choice between Life and Death

  1. Responding to Our Endangered Present Situation
  2. Human Growth and Development
  3. The Transformative Vision

Chapter One

The Process of Transcendence and Its Major Impediments

1.1 Post-Axial Temporality and Emergent Evolution

1.2 Four Quadrants of Human Reality

1.3 What Is Wrong with Us?

1.4 The Philosophy of Self-Transcendence

Chapter Two

Human Dignity and Our Global Social Contract

2.1 Temporality and Transcendence

2.2 Finitude and Infinity

2.3 Human Dignity: Innate and Transcendent

2.4 Examples from Western Thought

2.5 Our Global Social Contract

Chapter Three

Dimensions and Demands of Freedom

3.1 Wonder

3.2 Freedom and Dynamics of Human Self-Transcendence

3.3 Need Interpretations at Various Levels of Growth

3.4 Ontological, Ethical, Inward, and Social Dimensions of Freedom

3.5 The Persistence and Overcoming of the Earth-Modern Paradigm

3.6 Today’s Struggle for an Adequate Conception of Freedom

3.7 Unity within Diversity

3.8 Protecting Ontological Freedom

Chapter Four

Social, Political, and Civilizational Freedom

4.1 Freedom and the Law

4.2 Positive Freedom and the Nation-state

4.3 The Deceptive Utilitarian Justification

4.4 Human Development Reports and Positive Freedom

4.5 Freedom and the System of Nation-State Sovereignty

4.6 The UN Charter vs. the Earth Constitution

Chapter Five

Love, Cosmic Holism, and Democratic World Law

5.1 Overview: Love, Knowledge, and Transcendence

5.2 Objective Love in Ethics and Beyond

5.3 Four Greek Words for Love

5.4 The Holism of Love

5.5 Dialectical Dimensions of Love

5.6 The Dialectic of Self and Other Love

5.7 Our World System Today and the Direction of Transcendence

Chapter Six

The Completion of Our Human Community

6.1 Human Development, Global Community,
and Our Present Limitations

6.2 A Two Headed Elephant in the Room

6.3 One World or None

6.4 The Need for a “Strong Collective Identity”?

6.5 A “Complete” Human Community

Chapter Seven

Human Rights Demand a Global Contract

7.1 What are Human Rights?

7.2 The Unity of Human Rights

7.3 Three Generations of Human Rights

7.4 The Failure of Today’s World Disorder and How We Can Establish a World Peace and Human Rights System

7.5 The “Last Utopia” Becomes Our “Practical Utopia”

Chapter Eight

Universal Ethics Demand a Global Contract

8.1 The Subversion of Ethical Theory by Positivism

8.2 The New Holism

8.3 Holism and Society

8.4 A Global Ethics of Compassion and Liberation

8.5 A Note about Just War Theory

8.6 Ten Principles of Global Ethics


Prophets of Transformation

Glossary of Terms

Appendix A

Diagram of the Earth Federation under the Earth Constitution

Appendix B

Main features of the Earth Constitution

Appendix C

Pledge of Allegiance to the Constitution for the Federation of Earth

Sources of the Epigraphs

Works Cited



One World Renaissance

Holistic Planetary Transformation through a Global Social Contract

Glen T. Martin



From Chapter 1:
“Human life is clearly an evolutionary whole. But human institutions and consciousness have not evolved to manifest this wholeness. Rational loyalty and compassionate solidarity with the wholes of which we are a part is still missing. Rather, our institutions and ways of life are fragmented, broken, and endangering our future on the Earth. If human institutions reflected the wholeness of humanity, the transformation of consciousness would soon follow in a pattern that
has been repeatedly shown throughout human history.”


Book outline for One World Renaissance

1 Emergent Cosmic Holism  

1.1 The Universe Story and the Rediscovery of Harmony
1.2 Holism, Harmony, and Global Crises
1.3 The Age of Static Holism (Ancient and Medieval World Views)
1.4 The Age of Fragmentation (Early-Modern World Views)
1.5 Some critiques of the Early-Modern System
1.6 The Age of Evolutionary Holism and the New Universe Story

2 Holism and Ethics  

2.1 Evolutionary Holism: The Emergence of Reason and Freedom
2.2 The Reintegration of Fact and Value
2.3 An Ethics of Liberation
2.4 The Present World Disorder as the Denial of Internal Relationships
2.5 Realism versus Utopia

3 Legal Holism: The Rule of Law and Universal Harmony  

3.1 Forerunners of Legal Holism
3.2 Legal Holism
3.3 Consequences of this Paradigm-Shift in the Concepts of Government and Law
3.4 The Presuppositional Status of Democratic World Law

4 From Disorder, No Order Can Emerge

4.1 World Disorder and the Universality of Law 
4.2 Five Fundamental Principles of Order: Universality, Unity-in-Diversity, Human Flourishing, Reason and Love, and dialog
4.3 Summary and Conclusion

5 Sovereignty and the “Moral Autonomy” of Nations: Trashing the Rule of Law Everywhere on Earth  

5.1 Private Morality versus Public Law
5.2 The Rule of Law Among Nations After 9/11
5.3 Private and State Terrorism
5.4 Conclusion

6 Economics, and the Earth Constitution as a Blueprint  

6.1 The World’s Current Unsustainable Debt-based Monetary System
6.2 The World Financial Administration and Sustainable Economics

7 The Question of Power in Relation to Global Government: Is There a Threat of Global Tyranny? 

7.1 Conditions Fostering the Rise of Totalitarianism
7.2 The Earth Constitution and Paradigms of Power
7.3 The Question of an “Outside” to the System
7.4 Legitimate Power as the Alternative to Violence
7.5 Power as Qualitative rather than Quantitative
7.6 Self-Limiting Features of the Earth Federation Government
7.7 Education as Empowerment

8 Holism and Eschatology: Transforming the World’s War System to a World Peace System and Breaking the Hold of One-Dimensional Thinking  

8.1 Totality
8.2 An Absolute Command
8.3 Beyond the Totality
8.4 Nonviolence andWorld Transformation
8.5 TheWorld System
8.6 Eschatology andWorld Transformation
8.7 Our Global Social Contract

9 Twenty-First Century Renaissance: The Reconciliation of Reason, Intuition, and Love  

9.1 Reason and Intuition
9.2 Mystery, Astonishment, andWonder
9.3 Holism and Consciousness
9.4 Holism and Freedom in the Thought of Hans Jonas
9.5 Holism and Love