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Globalization is one of the most contested and (ab)used concepts of our time. Whether one interprets it as a ‘collective illusion’ or as the final stage of capitalism, as ‘uncontrollable multitude’ or as a radical opening of new spaces of freedom, the ‘global age’ represents the conceptual and existential background of our being-in-the-world. But what lies behind this process? What mode of human existence is brought about by the age of technology and ‘global mobilization’? And is it possible to attempt a unitary interpretation of this age that presents itself as both total and pluralistic?

This volume rethinks these epochal questions in light of Martin Heidegger’s complex hermeneutics, proposing at the same time that such questions enable the interrogation of some of its most fundamental aspects: the metanarrative of Seinsgeschichte as withdrawal of Being; the structure of human existence within the frame of technology; the relation between humanism and nihilism, as well as politics and technology; the changing character of subjectivity in the ‘age of the world picture’; the mythopoeic force of art and the uprooting of human beings. As this volume shows, interrogating Heidegger’s thought has significant potential for both International Political Theory and also the analysis of specific concepts and dynamics in contemporary international studies, such as the changing character of spatiality, temporality, and subjectivity
Introduction: De-framing the Global, Antonio Cerella and Louiza Odysseos / PART I. INSIDE THE GLOBAL: ENFRAMINGS / 1. Devastation, Michael Marder / 2. Transnational Islamist Militancy and Heidegger’s Meditations on Technology, Nader El-Bizri / 3. Environmental (In)Action in the Age of the World Picture, Peter Lucas / 4. Heidegger and Žižek: On Political and Non-Political Action at the End of History, Michael Lewis / PART II. ACROSS THE GLOBAL: INFLUENCES / 5. Images of the World: Ontology and History in the Work of Foucault, Schmitt and Heidegger, Antonio Cerella / 6. Heidegger on Willpower and the Mood of Modernity, Erik Ringmar / 7. Who Is the Peasant Woman Who Trudges Through the Fields? Provincializing Eurocentric Artistic Space, Tina Chanter / 8. Heidegger’s Hegel, The Christian Jew: ‘Europe’ as “Planetary Criminality and Machination”, Laurence P. Hemming / PART III. OUTSIDE THE GLOBAL: CROSSINGS / 9. Thinking the Clearing in the Age of the Earth System: Heidegger and ‘Cities like Forests’, Henry Dicks / 10. Dwelling Politically: Reading Heidegger in the ‘Anthropocene’, Sophia Hatzisavvidou / 11. A Universal Right to Politics: Thinking Heidegger’s Gelassenheit in the Age of the Global Refugee Crisis, Peg Birmingham / 12. The Quest for Global Ethics after the Decolonial Challenge: Potentialities of Heidegger’s Thought, Louiza Odysseos / 13. World Order and Abendland: Heidegger on Global Renewal, Fred Dallmayr / Index
Antonio Cerella is Lecturer in Politics, International Relations and Human Rights in the Department of Politics at Kingston University, London.

Louiza Odysseos is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex.

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