By Giancarlo Genta
Someday within the not-too-distant destiny ... unbeknownst to Earth, the Galaxy is domestic to a few spacefaring societies. This confederation enforces a strict protocol forbidding any touch with civilizations that experience no longer but completed either a considerable spacefaring potential and enough adulthood to regulate the know-how explosion sooner than triggering their very own extinction.
While this coverage is meant to simply herald peaceable new contributors, issues switch fullyyt while the confederation is threatened via a few unknown entity - is the threat actual or imagined? The confederation makes a decision to damage with the foundations and sends a delegate to Earth to rent one of many supposedly belligerent Earthlings to enquire and to restore the confederation’s long-unused starfleet. The Earthman is of the same opinion, yet calls for a excessive fee: should still he be triumphant, the confederation must settle for Earth as a brand new member. because the risk turns into ever extra acute, the query quickly turns into which project will end up more durable - saving the confederation or convincing it to just accept the deal!
The broad appendix, written in non-technical language, experiences the medical and technological subject matters underlying the plot - starting from the Fermi paradox, area go back and forth and artificial/collective intelligence to theories on attainable common convergences in technological and organic improvement.
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In other words, the ethico-political work that nationalism and cosmopolitanism can do at any given moment depends on how either formation emerges from or is inscribed within the shifting material linkages and interconnections created by global capitalism at a particular historical conjuncture. The corollary to this is that although capitalism is the condition of possibility of both nationalism and cosmopolitanism, neither discourse can be reduced to its simple reﬂection and ideological instrument.
This question leads to the most difﬁcult one of all: In an uneven world, how can struggles for multicultural recognition in constitutional-democratic states in the North be brought into a global alliance with postcolonial activism in the periphery? The possibility of realizing a global civil society or an international public sphere capable of representing or mediating the needs and desires of humanity’s radically different constituencies through cross-identiﬁcations stands or falls here. Transnational mobility notwithstanding, it is doubtful whether transnational migrant communities can be characterized as examples of cosmopolitanism in the robust normative sense even after we have acknowledged that this normative dimension is necessarily diluted or compromised by historical contextualization.
The historical timing of Kant’s vision indicates that it is formulated prior to the spread of nationalism in Europe. 16 This era of the nationality principle saw the rise of Greek, Belgian, and Polish nationalist movements, ﬁrst aroused by the Napoleonic invasion, and now rebelling against their Ottoman, Dutch, and Russian governments for the primary reason that these were foreign regimes. Kant’s idea of the cosmopolitical is formulated too early to take into account the role of nationalism in the transition between the age of absolutism and the age of liberalism.
A Man From Planet Earth: A Scientific Novel (Science and Fiction) by Giancarlo Genta