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Crisis Theory and World Order

Heideggerian Reflections

Norman K. Swazo

Publication Year: 2002

In a call to planetary thinking, planetary building, and planetary dwelling, Norman K. Swazo discusses Heidegger’s thought as it relates to issues of global politics, specifically, the domain of world order studies. In the first division of the book, Swazo provides a theoretical critique of world order studies understood in the two modes of normative and technocratic futurism. The book’s second division includes a preliminary attempt to clarify what Heidegger’s call for “essential thinking” entails for political thinking. This signifies a new beginning for political discourse, heralded in the possibility of “essential political thinking” that Swazo calls “autarchology.”

Published by: State University of New York Press

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pp. v

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pp. vii-viii

While Professor of Philosophy at the University of Freiburg im Breisbau in 1943, Heidegger lectured on the topic of “Nietzsche’s Word ‘God is Dead’,” in which he had something to say about “preparatory thinking.” Given Heidegger’s pronouncements, I believe that a reflection of the sort attempted...

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pp. ix

A work such as the present one owes an immeasurable intellectual debt to so many formative influences. Each whose name and work is invoked here is a contributor to a dialogue along a pathway of thought I have been following for over two decades. The text of this work is but a rough outline of this...

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pp. 1-14

In this work I speak principally to political philosophers and world order scholars, the latter being primarily social scientists and specialists in international law. I juxtapose philosophical discourse and world order scholarship by considering one way in which recent European philosophy may have something...


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1 Crisis Theory: The Challenge to Peace Research

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pp. 17-38

In framing a question concerning the meaning of the twentieth century, one must inevitably acknowledge a hermeneutic prejudice with respect to both content and boundary, declaring “our time” to be a time possessed of its own most proper significance. Thus, in the domain of sociopolitical inquiry as it bears upon the study of peace, we have a representative work in Kenneth...

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2 The Problem of World Order: Overcoming the Logic of Statecraft

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pp. 39-70

Each of the above epigraphs gives expression to a claim made upon the present by the future. In each case the context is at once diagnostic and normative, concerned both to assess and to transcend what is now understood as “the problem of world order.” Each issues from a work that is,...

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3 The Metaphysical Ground of World Order Thinking

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pp. 71-118

In the preceding chapter I have discussed briefly various approaches to world order thinking and have characterized this thinking (speaking generally) as normative, technocratic, and ideological.1 Most important is the observation that this thinking is calculative or, said otherwise, a strategic...

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4 Planetary Politics and the Essence of Technology

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pp. 119-152

Political theory and practice are ever dependent upon at least an implicit ontology; that is, they necessarily presuppose a commitment with respect to the nature of political phenomena. As we have seen in the preceding chapter, this ontology is part of a metaphysical position which, according to...

Part Two: Essential Political Thinking

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5 A Pathway to Essential Political Thinking

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pp. 155-178

...These fundamental insights Heidegger shares with us in a lecture entitled “The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking.” For us the task of thinking reserved since the explicit beginning of philosophy is modest in scope: It is “only of a preparatory, not of a founding, character. It is content with...

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6 The Essence of Political Being

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pp. 179-226

In the posthumously published Der Spiegel interview, Heidegger states that “Man has already been uprooted from the earth. What’s left are purely technical relations. Where man lives today is no longer an earth.”1 How, then, we might ask, does the transformation of humanity’s world sojourn become possible? Does it become possible through philosophy? No, answers Heidegger:...

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Conclusion: Projecting-Open [ENTWURF] with Heidegger

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pp. 227-240

Part 1 and Part 2 constitute my attempt to mediate the fundamental comportment of world order studies and that which emanates from Heidegger’s meditative thinking. Such an attempt is not easily undertaken, of course; for, while the discourse of world order studies is readily accessible to anyone diligent in his or her concern for the unfolding conditions of planetary...


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pp. 241-280


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pp. 281-289

E-ISBN-13: 9780791488003
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791454930
Print-ISBN-10: 0791454932

Page Count: 299
Publication Year: 2002

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  • Heidegger, Martin, 1889-1976.
  • Mill, John Stuart, ‡d 1806-1873.
  • World politics
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