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Snapshots from Home

Mind, Action and Strategy in an Uncertain World

By Karin M. Fierke

Published

Jan 25, 2022

Page count

302 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529222623

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 25, 2022

Page count

302 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529222616

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 25, 2022

Page count

302 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529222630

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Jan 25, 2022

Page count

302 pages

Series

Bristol Studies in International Theory

ISBN

978-1529222630

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Snapshots from Home

Taking a broadly interdisciplinary approach, this book provides a unique angle on the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for global theory and practice.

The book bridges two important debates regarding the relevance of quantum theory to the social sciences, and the pressing need for a more global international relations (IR). It brings the parallels between quantum physics and ancient Asian traditions – Daoism, Buddhism and Hinduism – to an investigation of mind, action and strategy in conditions of radical uncertainty.

Engaging with both theory and real-world problems, including climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and economic and racial inequality, this book explores what it might mean to successfully navigate the potentials of a post-pandemic world.

“Two red alerts for all Newtonians! Fierke's snapshots of Buddhism, Daoism and Hinduism and of quantum physics are exhilaratingly imaginative in rethinking the relation between science and culture, truth and faith.” Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University

"Navigating those relations that constitute both who we are and are not, each differently, Fierke de-ontologizes a global international relations that can only survive on the impossibilities of becoming global." Shih Chih-yu, National Taiwan University

K.M. Fierke is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews.

Introductions:

Repositioning the Apparatus

Getting to Know the Apparatus

SECTION I: Impermanence

1. Self/No-Self

2. Mind/ No-Mind

SECTION II: Complementarity and Yinyang

3. Action/No Action

4. War/No War

SECTION III: Entanglement and Karma

5. Navigating a Participatory Universe

6. What Goes Around Comes Around

Endings/Beginnings:

At Home in the Universe