According to current deabtes, 'individualization' hasfrequently been proposed as the conceptual counterpart to'globalization'. It has often seemed that nothing wouldbe left once these processes have fully unfolded, other thanindividual human atoms dispersed on a globe without any political,economic or cultural structures.
Regardless of whether this description is based on any good andvalid observation, nobody drew the conclusion that suddenly emergesas evident after reading Rüdiger Safranski's lucid andtimely exploration of the issue: globalization, if it occurs, meansa radical change in the human condition. It brings human being indirect confrontation with the world in its totality. Almostunnoticed in broader debate, the scenario of globalization entailsa return - in new a radical guise - of the time-honoured questionof the ways of being-in-the-world of human beings.
In this compelling new book, the philosopher RüdigerSafranski grapples with the pressing problems of the global age:'Big Brother' states, terrorism, international securityand the seeming impossibility of 'world' peace. Hesuggests that the era ofglobalization should not be thought of asthat epoch in world history in which all human beings will seethemselves in the same, indistinct situation. There will always be,Sanfranski argues, some need for understanding one's ownsituation by drawing boundaries and conceptualizing'otherness' and individuality.