From Modernity to Cosmodernity
Science, Culture, and Spirituality
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Offers a new paradigm of reality, based on the interaction between science, culture, spirituality, religion, and society.
The quantum, biological, and information revolutions of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries should have thoroughly changed our view of reality, yet the old viewpoint based on classical science remains dominant, reinforcing a notion of a rational, mechanistic world that allows for endless progress. In practice, this view has promoted much violence among humans. Basarab Nicolescu heralds a new era, cosmodernity, founded on a contemporary vision of the interaction between science, culture, spirituality, religion, and society. Here, reality is plastic and its people are active participants in the cosmos, and the world is simultaneously knowable and unknowable. Ultimately, every human recognizes his or her face in the face of every other human being, independent of his or her particular religious or philosophical beliefs. Nicolescu notes a new spirituality free of dogmas and looks at quantum physics, literature, theater, and art to reveal the emergence of a newer, cosmodern consciousness.
Basarab Nicolescu is President of the International Center for Transdisciplinary Research and Honorary Researcher at the National Center for Scientific Research, both in Paris, France, and Professor at the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania. He is the author of several books, including Manifesto of Transdisciplinarity (translated by Karen-Claire Voss), also published by SUNY Press.
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