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Teilhard and the Future of Humanity
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Fifty years after his death, the thought of the French scientist and Jesuit Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955) continues to inspire new ways of understanding humanity's future. Trained as a paleontologist and philosopher, Teilhard was an innovative synthesizer of science and religion, developing an idea of evolution as an unfolding of material and mental worlds into an integrated, holistic universe at what he called the Omega Point. His books, such as the bestselling The Phenomenon of Man, have influenced generations of ecologists, environmentalists, planners, and others concerned with the fate of the earth.This book brings together original essays by leading experts who reflect on Teilhard's legacy for today's globalized world. They explore such topics as: the idea of God and the person; quantum reality and Teilhard's vision; spiritual resources for the future; politics and economics; and a charter for co-evolution.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Teilhard and Human Spirit
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Chapter 1: Feeding the Zest for Life: Spiritual Energy Resources for the Future of Humanity
  2. pp. 3-19
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  1. Chapter 2: God and the Human Future
  2. pp. 20-28
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  1. Chapter 3: The Personalization of the Universe; or, The Era of the Person
  2. pp. 29-40
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  1. Teilhard and Ecology
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. Chapter 4: Zest for Life: Teilhard’s Cosmological Vision
  2. pp. 43-55
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  1. Chapter 5: Teilhard’s Vision and the Earth Charter
  2. pp. 56-68
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  1. Teilhard and Economic Globalization
  2. pp. 69-70
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  1. Chapter 6: Teilhard, Globalization, and the Future of Humanity
  2. pp. 71-88
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  1. Chapter 7: Teilhard and Globalization
  2. pp. 89-106
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  1. Teilhard and Science
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. Chapter 8: The Emergence of Consciousness in Biological Evolution and Quantum Reality
  2. pp. 109-134
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  1. Chapter 9: The Role of Science in Contemporary China and according to Teilhard
  2. pp. 135-170
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 157-170
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 171-178
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 179-182
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 183-185
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