Holism and Difference
The world was conceived as “cosmos”: an appealingly structured ensemble endowed with internal coherence and a high degree of intelligibility. In the social and political domain, the same assumption lends credence to the Hobbesian “war of all against all,” a formula rendering the traditional notion of the “good life” hopelessly obsolete or apocryphal. The question remains whether these and related developments necessarily imply a negation or rejection of “cosmos” in the sense of a coherently holistic pattern. The ongoing process of pluralization or dispersal requires a resolute reaffirmation of integral holism, even at the price of restoring traditional autocracies and social hierarchies.
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