A World of Becoming (A John Hope Franklin Center Book)

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"A World of Becoming is a deeply original and timely book drawing together a series of ideas, discoveries, and concepts from a wide range of fields into a coherent image of a new way of responding to what William E. Connolly calls the human predicament. It suggests many practical guidelines, forms of action, types of ethos, and modes of interaction directly applicable to some of the most intractable social and political problems we face today. It is a brave and engaged work."--James Williams, author of Gilles Deleuze's Logic of Sense "William Connolly's latest work of political philosophy, A World of Becoming, aims to provide a new perspective on understanding the different strands of this complex world. Knitting together themes such as temporality, human agency, belief and causality, Connolly questions the growth of antagonisms and its possible outcomes... A World of Becoming is a groundbreaking work in its genre and it provides fresh impetus to understanding the complex realities of modern times." - Shashank Chaturvedi, Politics Studies Review, January 2013

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InA World of Becoming William E. Connolly outlines a political philosophy suited to a world whose powers of creative evolution include and exceed the human estate. This is a world composed of multiple, interacting systems, including those of climate change, biological evolution, economic practices, and geological formations. Such open systems, set on different temporal registers of stability and instability, periodically resonate together to secrete profound, unpredictable changes. To engage such a world reflectively is to feel pressure to alter established practices of politics, ethics, and spirituality. In pursuing such a course, Connolly draws inspiration from philosophers such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Alfred North Whitehead, and Gilles Deleuze, as well as the complexity theorist of biology Stuart Kauffman and the theologian Catherine Keller. Being attuned to a world of becoming, Connolly argues, may also help us address dangerous resonances between global finance capital, cross-regional religious resentments, neoconservative ideology, and the 24-hour mass media. Coming to terms with subliminal changes in the contemporary experience of time that challenge traditional images can help us grasp how these movements have arisen and perhaps even inspire creative counter-movements. The book closes with the chapter "The Theorist and the Seer," in which Connolly draws insights from early Greek ideas of the Seer and a Jerry Lewis film, The Nutty Professor, to inform the theory enterprise today.

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