Globalization and the Humanities

By A. Pablo Iannone.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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What is globalization? What policy and decision challenges does it pose? Is the ideal of a single global community necessary, useful, or desirable in dealing with globalization problems? What are the prospects for philosophy and, in general, the humanities in dealing with these problems? My theses are: first, there are at least two types of globalization processes, widespread internationalization and transnational interdependence, which occur independently or in conflictive or complementary combination with each other; second, the integrationist ideal of a single, value-convergent global community is neither useful nor necessary for dealing with globalization problems; third, this ideal is morally objectionable; fourth, there is a better, transnational dialogue and interaction model for dealing with the problems; finally, this model points to a bright future for philosophy and, in general, the humanities to the extent that they insert themselves in real-world disputes and help find new forms of balance between conflicting ideas and people who contend but have to live with each other.

Keywords: Dialogue, Diplomacy, Ethics, Globalization, Humanities, Literature, Integrationism, Interaction, International, Policy, Transnational

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.169-176. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 513.939KB).

Prof. A. Pablo Iannone

Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, Connecticut, USA

A. Pablo Iannone, Professor of Philosophy at Central Connecticut State University, studied engineering, math-ematics, philosophy and literature at the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, received his B.A. in philosophy from U.C.L.A. and M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy with a minor in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His philosophical publications include eight books: Business and Global Society (Global Publications, 2003), Technology and Global Society (Global Publications, 2002), Dictionary of World Philosophy (Routledge,2001), Philosophical Ecologies: Essays in Philosophy, Ecology, and Human Life (Humanity Books, 1999), Philosophy as Diplomacy: Essays in Ethics and Policy Making (Humanities Press/Humanity Books, 1994),Through Time and Culture (Prentice Hall,1994),Contemporary Moral Controversies in Business (Oxford University Press,1989), and Contemporary Moral Controversies in Technology (Oxford University Press, 1987).He has also published philosophical articles and reviews in the U.S. and abroad. In literature, he has published a book of poetry in Spanish, Astérida (Gog y Magog,1973), a book of interconnected stories (amounting to a novella) in English, The Room with Closets: Tales of a Life Divided (Vagabond Press,2006), and previous versions of stories from this book in English, Spanish, or both, as well as poems.


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