The End of Certainty is a magical realist book on world politics. Stephen Chan takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride through how we can establish a new kind of international relations and construct a common future for the planet.
Chan argues that the certainties of singular traditions of philosophy have failed to help us understand power shifts and struggles in an endlessly diverse world. Chan argues that fusing different strands of Western, Eastern, religious and philosophical thought, is far more likely to help us move forward amidst uncertainty. In doing so, he takes us on a journey from the battlefields of Eritrea to the Twin Towers, via the Book of Job, Clausewitz, Fanon and Wahabism.
You'll never think about international politics in quite the same way again.
Stephen Chan is Professor of International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London. He has lived and worked in many parts of the world and has been engaged with international relations both diplomatically and academically. However, he has also worked directly in many of the deprived areas of Africa, and has helped African efforts to represent the continent in the face of looming Chinese interest. www.stephen-chan.com
Preface Introduction 1. A Failed Species 2. Fusion, Frenzy and Madness 3. The New Brutalisms 4. Mercy and the Modern World 5. The Tao of International Relations 6. What Should God Do About Evil? 7. Buying Loyalty 8. Writing Politics 9. Transcendence and Power 10. What is To Be Done?