Global Risk Management: What has Love to do with it?

By Stefan Litz.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Beck (1995) has outlined an influential social theory in which the role of modern risks has
been highlighted. Modern societies are characterized as qualitatively distinct from premodern societies
due to the self-generated new risks of annihilatory potential. Jonas (1979) has proposed an approach
highlighting fear as a heuristic guideline for approaching further scientific research and technological
development. According to this framework, imagining annihilatory risks inherent in a particular
technology and research should make us forego the potential benefits of this technology, as the potential
costs are too high. Mittelstraß (1992) argues exactly the opposite and claims that
not less but more research and technological progress is necessary in order to enhance the survival
chances of the human species. In order to reduce the possibility of deliberate action, which may trigger
the annihilation of the human species, however, Mittelstraß (1992) calls for the development of a
strong ethos of responsibility. The question, though, remains on what kind of rationale this ethos of individual
responsibility may be grounded? It is suggested in this paper that Fromm (1947) provided
the answer to the question of how such an ethos may be created and sustained.

Keywords: Risk Management, Global Risks, Responsibility, Hope, Fear, Love, Ethics, Genetical Manipulation

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 7, pp.147-164. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 829.134KB).

Dr. Stefan Litz

Assistant Professor, Department of Business Administration, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

Dr. Stefan Litz is currently assistant professor in the Department of Business Administration at St. Francis Xavier University (Canada). He previously lectured on management at Hamburg University (Germany) and Konstanz University (Germany). His research focuses on organizational change, organizational theory, globalization, human resource management, and the experience of work. He received his higher education at various academic institutions in Germany and the UK including the London School of Economics and Konstanz University.

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