The Health of Nations: Society and Law beyond the State

The Health of Nations: Society and Law beyond the State

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Philip Allott
Cambridge University Press, 10/30/1998
EAN 9780521016803, ISBN10: 0521016800

Paperback, 454 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.9 cm
Language: English

The human world is changing. Old social structures are being overwhelmed by forces of social transformation which are sweeping across political and cultural frontiers. A social animal is becoming the social species. The animal that lives in packs and herds (family, corporation, nation, state) is becoming a member of a human society which is the society of all human beings, the society of all societies. The age-old problems of social life - religious, philosophical, moral, political, legal, economic - must now be addressed at the level of the whole species, and the level where all cultures and traditions meet and will contribute to an exhilarating and hazardous new form of human self-evolving. In this book Philip Allott explores the social and legal implications and potentialities of these developments in the light of the general theory of society and law which is proposed in his groundbreaking Eunomia: New Order for a New World.

Part I. Society and Law
1. The will to know and the will to power
theory and moral responsibility
2. The phenomenon of law
3. Globalization from above
actualizing the ideal through law
4. The nation as mind politic
the making of the public mind
5. New enlightenment
the public mind of all-humanity
Part II. European Society and its Law
6. European governance and the re-branding of democracy
7. The crisis of European constitutionalism
reflections on a half-revolution
8. The concept of European Union
imagining the unimagined
9. The conversation that we are
the seven lamps of European unity
Part III. International Society and its Law
10. The concept of international law
11. International law and the idea of history
12. Intergovernmental societies and the idea of constitutionalism
13. International law and the international Hofmafia
towards a sociology of diplomacy
14. International law and international revolution
re-conceiving the world