Navigating the Great Transition Via Post-capitalism and Contemplative Social Sciences

  • Zack Walsh


This essay maps the conditions under which a socially just and sustainable global future could emerge from large-scale structural transformations to contemporary society. First, it considers how the global political economy is undergoing world-historical changes, in response to the pressures of mounting inequality, climate crisis, and the growing illegitimacy of neoliberal capitalism. Then, it examines how current political, economic, social, and technological changes could positively and negatively shape the construction of a new world system beyond capitalism. And, finally, it outlines possible avenues for exploring these world-historical changes by developing new fields of inquiry in the emerging transdisciplinary field of contemplative social sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zack Walsh
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  1. 1.Institute for the Postmodern Development of ChinaClaremontUSA
  2. 2.Toward Ecological Civilization (EcoCiv)ClaremontUSA
  3. 3.Institute for Advanced Sustainability StudiesPotsdamGermany

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