Sustainable History and Human Dignity: A Neurophilosophy of History and the Future of Civilisation

By Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan

A new model for good governance balancing human nature with human needs.

ISBN: 9780718895709


In Sustainable History and Human Dignity, Professor Nayef Al-Rodhan shows that it is the human quest for sustainable governance, balancing the ever-present tension between nine human dignity needs and three human nature attributes (emotionality, amorality & egoism), that has and will most profoundly shape the course of history. Beginning with an ‘Ocean Model’ of a single collective human civilisation, Al-Rodhan constructs a common human story comprised of multiple geo-cultural domains and sub-cultures with a history of mutual borrowing and synergies. If humanity as a whole is to flourish, all of these diverse geo-cultural domains must succeed. Only thus can lasting peace and prosperity be achieved for all, especially in the face of ‘Civilisational Frontier Risks’ and highly disruptive technologies in the twenty-first century.

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About the Author

Professor Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan is a Neuroscientist, Philosopher and Geostrategist. He was educated at the Mayo Clinic, Yale University and Harvard University, and is now an Honorary Fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford, Senior Fellow and Head of the Geopolitics and Global Futures Programme at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, and a member of the Council on Frontier Risks at the World Economic Forum (WEF). He is a Prize winning scholar, and was voted amongst the top 30 most influential neuroscientists in the world. He has written 22 books and 250 articles.

Endorsements and Reviews

Dr. Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan challenges us to grapple with the meaning of history and how it could lead to the improvement of the human condition. This book presents his views on how a sustainable history based on human dignity could be achieved. In his opinion, this requires good governance, based on ‘reason, security, human rights, accountability, transparency, justice, opportunity, innovation and inclusiveness.’ I agree, and I hope that the path laid out in this book attracts many followers.
President Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States

No-one seeking to understand the modern condition can afford to ignore Dr Al-Rodhan’s inspiring book, a profound analysis of the core values around which effective global governance can be built and sustained.
Lord Anthony Giddens, Former President of LSE, UK