Does Ethics Have a Chance in a World of Consumers? (Institute for Human Sciences Vienna Lecture Series)

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Zygmunt Bauman is one of the most admired social thinkers of our time. Once a Marxist sociologist, he has surrendered the narrowness of both Marxism and sociology, and dares to write in language that ordinary people can understand―about problems they feel ill equipped to solve. This book is no dry treatise but is instead what Bauman calls “a report from a battlefield,” part of the struggle to find new and adequate ways of thinking about the world in which we live. Rather than searching for solutions to what are perhaps the insoluble problems of the modern world, Bauman proposes that we reframe the way we think about these problems. In an era of routine travel, where most people circulate widely, the inherited beliefs that aid our thinking about the world have become an obstacle.

Bauman seeks to liberate us from the thinking that renders us hopeless in the face of our own domineering governments and threats from unknown forces abroad. He shows us we can give up belief in a hierarchical arrangement of states and powers. He challenges members of the “knowledge class” to overcome their estrangement from the rest of society. Gracefully, provocatively, Bauman urges us to think in new ways about a newly flexible, newly challenging modern world. As Bauman notes, quoting Vaclav Havel, “hope is not a prognostication.” It is, rather, alongside courage and will, a mundane, common weapon that is too seldom used.

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Zygmunt Bauman was Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Leeds and the author of many books.

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Immanuel Kant extrapolated the trajectory of eighteenth-century history into a future that would demand a universal morality. That future, Bauman announces, has now arrived. But serious thinkers must proceed with the Kantian project in circumstances more difficult than the German philosopher could ever have anticipated, as traditional, locally grounded absolutes dissolve in the flux of twenty-first-century lifestyle consumerism. Tragically, some uprooted groups have tried to recreate the reassuring ethical order of a monolithic community, even when doing so has meant unleashing genocidal violence against outsiders (as in Cambodia, Rwanda, and Kosovo). Doubtful that an American superpower that excels only in military technology will offer better cultural options, Bauman adumbrates a hopeful orientation inspired by the transnational aspirations of Europeans. These aspirations are already restraining profit-seeking global capitalism while advancing a progressive code of planetary responsibility. Some readers may suspect that the very different universalism of a resurgent Islam deserves more attention that it receives, but Bauman poses questions deserving attention from anyone trying to understand our rapidly globalizing society. --Bryce Christensen

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