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Our global problems and what we need to do about them

Maxwell, N; (2012) Our global problems and what we need to do about them. In: Tandy, C and Lee, M, (eds.) Death and anti-death: Volume 10: Ten years after John Rawls (1921-2002). (pp. 131-174). Ria University Press: Palo Alto, California, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

How can what is of value associated with our human world exist and best flourish embedded as it is in the physical universe? Or, as we may put it, how can the God-of-Cosmic-Value exist and best flourish embedded as it is in the God-of-Cosmic-Power? This, I argue, is our fundamental problem – fundamental in both intellectual and practical terms. Here, I tackle the practical aspect of the problem. I consider briefly five global problems – climate change, war, population growth, world poverty, habitat destruction and extinction of species – and argue that, in order to solve them it is essential to bring about a revolution in universities round the world so that the basic aim becomes wisdom and not just knowledge. I conclude by indicating recent developments which suggest the revolution may already be underway.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Our global problems and what we need to do about them
ISBN-13: 9781934297162
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ria.edu/rup/#deathanti
Language: English
Additional information: Reproduced with kind permission from Dr Tandy for Ria University Press. © 2012 Ria University Press
Keywords: Academic inquiry, The university, Global problems, Knowledge, Wisdom, Science, Social inquiry, Philosophy, Rationality, Religion
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1388878
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