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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Humanities, Political Activism and the New World Order

Dr. Gregory G. Reck.

While the Humanities have in many ways been subversive disciplines that pose intellectual challenges to hegemonic cultural discourses, they have failed to activate these challenges in effective arenas of global change. The 21st Century demands fundamental changes in both the intellectual heart of the Humanities and its relationship to progressive change. While we should continue to celebrate the many achievements of the human species throughout time and space, we must now actively confront an emerging New World Order dominated by Mc World's anti-national corporations, a "shoot-the-wounded" world capitalism, and a neoconservative philosophy of war and power that together threaten the future of the human species and, indeed, the world. This paper will examine the threats of the New World Order from the chaos of "wild capitalism" to the commercial totalitarianism of transnational corporations, from the philosophy of the neoconservative movement in the USA (from Leo Strauss to Michael Ladeen) to the new power elite that now dominates USA politics. As a solution the paper will examine the parameters of a New Humanism for the 21st Century that integrates a concern for human achievements with a deep recognition of human failures and integrates intellectual discourse with political action.


Dr. Gregory G. Reck  (United States)
Professor and Chair of Anthropology
Department of Anthropology
Appalachian State University

Current Professor and Chair in the Dept. of Anthropology at Appalachian State University in the USA; member of the Executive Board of the Society for Humanistic Anthropology and associate editor of the journal Anthropology and Humanism. Author of numerous articles.

  • New World Order
  • Neoconservatives
  • 21st century Humanities
Person as Subject
  • Strauss, Leo Ladeen, Michael

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)