Uncertainty and Its Discontents: Worldviews in World Politics

Uncertainty and Its Discontents: Worldviews in World Politics

Peter J. Katzenstein | 2022 | ISBN: 1316512665 | English | 320 pages | PDF | 2 MB

Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations

This volume considers worldviews as foundational concepts for world politics.

Worldviews are the unexamined, pre-theoretical foundations of the approaches with which we understand and navigate the world, and this volume provides the first major study of worldviews in international relations. Advances in twentieth century physics and cosmology questioning anthropocentrism have fostered the articulation of alternative worldviews, rivalling conventional Newtonian humanism and its assumption that the world is constituted by controllable risks. This matters for accepting uncertainties that are an indelible part of many spheres of life including public health, the environment, finance, security and politics – uncertainties that are concealed by the conventional presumption that the world is governed only by risk. The confluence of risk and uncertainty requires an awareness of alternative worldviews, alerts us to possible intersections between humanist Newtonianism and hyper-humanist Post-Newtonianism, and reminds us of the relevance of science, religion and moral values in world politics.

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