Care of the World

Fear, Responsibility and Justice in the Global Age

  • Elena Pulcini

Part of the Studies in Global Justice book series (JUST, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Pathologies of the Global Age: Unlimited Individualism, Endogamous Communitarianism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Elena Pulcini
      Pages 19-40
    3. Elena Pulcini
      Pages 41-80
  3. Pathologies of Feeling: The Metamorphosis of Fear in the Global Age

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Elena Pulcini
      Pages 83-94
    3. Elena Pulcini
      Pages 95-110
  4. Responsibility and Care of the World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Elena Pulcini
      Pages 137-161
    3. Elena Pulcini
      Pages 163-195
    4. Elena Pulcini
      Pages 197-218
  5. Care and Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 253-272

About this book


This book proposes a philosophy of care in a global age. It discusses the distinguishing and opposing pathologies produced by globalization: unlimited individualism or self-obsession, manifested as (Promethean) omnipotence and (narcissistic) indifference, and endogamous communitarianism or an ‘us’-obsession that results in conflict and violence. The polarization between a lack and an excess of pathos is reflected in the distorted forms taken on by fear. The book advocates a metamorphosis of fear, which may restore in the subject an awareness of vulnerability and become the precondition for moral action. Such awareness and the recognition of the condition of contamination caused by the other’s unavoidable presence teach us to fear for rather than be afraid of. Fear for the world means care of the world, and care, understood as concern and solicitude, is a new notion of responsibility, in which the stress is shifted to a relational subject capable of responding to and taking care of the other. From a global perspective, the proposed vision of care also compels us to explore a new paradigm of justice. 


Anxiety Care Care of the World Community Conflict Difference Endogamic Communitaianism Endogamic Communitarianism Excess of Pathos Fear Global Fear Global Risks Global Vulnerability Humanity Identity Indifference Individualism Metamorphosis of Fear Modernity Modernity and Fear Moral Philosophy Narcissus Omnipotence Political Philosophy Productive Fear Prometheus Psychology / Psychoanalysis Reciprocal Fear Repsonsibility Social Philosophy Society Sociology Solidaristic Recognition The Global Age Unlimited Individualism Victims Violence Vulnerability Vulnerable Humanity

Authors and affiliations

  • Elena Pulcini
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipartimento di FilosofiaUniversita’ Degli Studi Di FirenzeFirenze, FlorenceItaly

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