Presence and the Political

Performing Human
 
 
Palgrave Macmillan (Verlag)
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  • X, 260 Seiten
978-3-030-59486-2 (ISBN)
 

This book deals with a concern of how humanity performs toward itself and how it performs within the public realm, and where it must be in relation with others. Public life is not solely about politics but also the political, i.e., intellectual, moral, economic, religious, and collective habits-including fashions and amusements, artefacts, histories, and legacies. This book argues that man raison d'être in worldly life is to have a civil presence and create civilization. It contends that what makes it possible is the coming together of "presence, ethos, and theatre" and their working in concert. The first half of this book elaborates on the nuances of these three pillars, and the second half offers three examples of civilizations that have succeeded to achieve this within what it claims to be three major worldviews that he calls "divine-immanence, the divine-transcendence, and human-immanence."

1st ed. 2021
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  • Höhe: 21 cm
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  • Breite: 14.8 cm
978-3-030-59486-2 (9783030594862)
10.1007/978-3-030-59487-9
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Farhang Rajaee is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Humanities at Carleton University, Canada.

Preface and Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1: Why are we here? Civility and CivilizationThe Good: Satisfaction, Achievement, SerenityImpetuses: Love, Reason, FreedomImpulses: Enthusiasm, Appreciation, GenerosityApparatus: Heart, Mind, SoulEthics: Consequential (utility), Deontological (contract), Virtue (good)Hallmarks: Conviviality, Allure, BalancePillars: Presence, Ethos, Theatre (PET)
PART I: A Theory of Civility and Civilization (PET)
Chapter 2: Presence or Modus Vivendi; PersonhoodAgency: Impulsive, Vigilant, PrudentSelfhood: Isolated, Lonely, SolusPathos (Love): Longing, Wholeness, ImmortalityLogos (Reason): Utilitarian, Demonstrative, NormativeAttitude: Authenticity, Tenacity, ReverenceCommitment: Personal (Private), Collective (Culture), Universal (Human)Activities: Labor, Work, Action
Chapter 3: Ethos or Modus Operandi; MechanismTemporal Scope: Past, Present, FutureSpatial Scope: Economy, Politics, SocietyApproach: Meritocracy, Isonomy, Inclusive,Ends: Fairness, Order, DignityMeans: Open Competition, Rule of Law, DialogueFreedom: Negative, Affirmative, AssertiveSpheres: Private, Public, Civilizational

Chapter 4: Theater; Space, Structures and InstitutionsGovernance: Fairness, Efficiency, FriendshipThe Political: Security, Participation, Identity,Economics: Agriculture, Industry, InformationThe Legal: Protection, Due Process, JusticeThe Societal: Individual, Collective, GeneralThe Cultural (Belonging): Family, State, the worldThe Educational: Authenticity/Originality, Innovation, Universality
PART II: Praxis, Civilizations in History
Chapter 5: The Persians; a World View with Accent on Divine ImmanencePresence: Soldier of the Divine; Cyrus and DariusEthos: Multiculturalism; Cyrus' Cylinder and Darius's Tablets Theatre: Shahdom, Satrops and Hydraulic Agriculture
Chapter 6: The Mughals; a World View with Accent on Divine TranscendencePresence: God's Deputy; Zahir ud-Din Muhammad Babur and Zahir ud-Din MuhammadEthos: Divine Religion and the People of the BookTheatre: Sacred King, Agriculture and Raid/Trade
Chapter 7: The Westerners; a World View with Accent on Human ImmanencePresence: Agent of Freedom; Washington and LincolnEthos: Isonomy and General WillTheatre: Social Contract and Acephalous Society
Chapter 8: the Future
This book deals with a concern of how humanity performs toward itself and how it performs within the public realm, and where it must be in relation with others. Public life is not solely about politics but also the political, i.e., intellectual, moral, economic, religious, and collective habits-including fashions and amusements, artefacts, histories, and legacies. This book argues that man raison d'être in worldly life is to have a civil presence and create civilization. It contends that what makes it possible is the coming together of "presence, ethos, and theatre" and their working in concert. The first half of this book elaborates on the nuances of these three pillars, and the second half offers three examples of civilizations that have succeeded to achieve this within what it claims to be three major worldviews that he calls "divine-immanence, the divine-transcendence, and human-immanence."
Farhang Rajaee is an Emeritus Professor of Political Science and Humanities at Carleton University, Canada.

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