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One World Renaissance:
Planetary Transformation through a Global Social Contract

By Glen T. Martin, Ph.D.

October 15, 2014 • Institute for Economic Democracy Press • 372 pages • 6×9 • Index & bibliography
Paperback: 9781933567501 ($19.95)
eBook: 9781933567518 ($9.99)

The Practical Philosophy of Global Utopia
In an age of holism, our task is to create a world united by law

At its most fundamental level, the universe is an undissectable whole. And this is not just some mystical utterance; it’s one of the discoveries that makes ours the era of evolutionary holism. A profound new holism is sweeping the sciences, but this new paradigm of wholeness has not yet penetrated into the practices and institutions of global civilization. Instead, our world is fragmented into nation-states armed to the teeth and monster corporations bent on profit at any cost. This world order is held in place by “leaders” still dominated by a myopic eighteenth-century rationality that dissects wholes into parts but never rises to create synthesis and harmony. The way forward for our misgoverned world, says renowned philosopher Glen T. GlenMartinHeadshotMartin, is to get in step with universal evolution, which always gives birth to greater and more inclusive wholes. In its most practical sense, this requires that we adopt a planetary social contract based on an awareness of the oneness of humanity—its unity-in-diversity. Such a global agreement would guarantee justice under enforceable world law, thereby making possible ecological sustainability and social harmony, the very presuppositions of civilized living. Ultimately, argues Martin, expressing our wholeness requires that we adopt a world constitution for a democratic federation of earth, the very embodiment of a practical utopia.

Global institutions that reflect our unity should be regarded as an “emergent property” of cosmic evolution, argues Dr. Martin. In fact, we cannot survive as a species unless we do, for we will have forfeited our evolutionary destiny. When we unite under democratic world law, we will take the next crucial evolutionary leap. Writes Martin:

“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. . .We must make a paradigm-shift from starting with the parts and trying to build wholes (peace, justice, sustainability, etc.) to an orientation that starts from the whole on every level. We must think of our individuality, our culture, our economics, and our nation as deriving from the holism of humanity, not the reverse. The transformation of the primary perspective, of our starting point, is one of the keys to human liberation.”

In establishing his argument, Dr. Martin mines the thought of the world’s leading philosophers and social theorists, ranging from Locke, Kant, Hegel, and Marx to modern thinkers such as Ellul, Moltmann, Whitehead, Wilber, and Habermas. This wide assortment of primary sources allows him to create an unprecedented synthesis—one that goes far beyond his previous books such as Millennium Dawn and Triumph of Civilization to reveal the way forward on the basis of a united planet with immense possibilities for a future global renaissance.

In the literature of global governance, UN reform, planetary paradigm-shift, and world federation, no previous author has provided the depth of philosophic and historical context offered by Martin in this masterwork—the culmination of his career both as a professor of philosophy, and as an actor on the world stage in his current role as the President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Glen T. Martin, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Radford University in Virginia and chair of its peace studies program. Dr. Martin began his peace work as a conscientious objector to the war in Vietnam. Since then he has devoted his life to the service of world peace with justice, travelling and lecturing worldwide and authoring many books and articles on behalf of a GlenMartinHeadshot(bowtie)holistic and transformed global paradigm and world system. Among his numerous affiliations, Martin is president of International Philosophers for Peace (IPPNO) and president of the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA), the world’s leading advocate for a constitution for a democratic federal world government. As a result of his decades of peace activities, Martin has received several international awards, including the “World Peace Award” from the Office of the World Peace Envoy in Bangkok, Thailand, 2008 and the Gusi International Peace Prize in Manila, Philippines, 2013. He has also been nominated for the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award. His books include Millennium Dawn: The Philosophy of Planetary Crisis and Human Liberation (2005), Ascent to Freedom: Practical and Philosophical Foundations of Democratic World Law (2008), Triumph of Civilization: Democracy, Nonviolence, and the Piloting of Spaceship Earth (2010), and The Anatomy of a Sustainable World: Our Choice between Climate Change or System Change (2013).

One World Renaissance:
Planetary Transformation through a Global Social Contract

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1 Emergent Cosmic Holism

2 Holism and Ethics

3 Legal Holism: The Rule of Law and Universal Harmony

4 From Disorder, No Order Can Emerge

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

6 Economics, and the Earth Constitution as a Blueprint

7 The Question of Power in Relation to Global Government

8 Holism and Eschatology

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

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