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The Five Dimensions of Global Security: Proposal for a Multi-sum Security Principle
The Five Dimensions of Global Security: Proposal for a Multi-sum Security Principle
by Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.95

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another perspective on security, 4 Aug. 2010
Security studies today cannot be limited to the traditional view of the state and the military - this is the clear message of Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan's book. He calls for the consideration of human, environmental, national, transnational and transcultural security in policy making, and introduces the notion of justice into the debate. Security, he argues, can only be achieved through justice for all individuals, states and cultures. This book is an very well written and I recommend you examine his arguments for yourself.


Emotional Amoral Egoism: A Neurophilosophical Theory of Human Nature and Its Universal Security Implications
Emotional Amoral Egoism: A Neurophilosophical Theory of Human Nature and Its Universal Security Implications
by Nayef R. F. Al-Rodhan
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accessible book for a complex topic, 4 Aug. 2010
I enjoyed reading this neurophilosophical discussion of human nature and the resulting views of morality, xenophobia, conflict and governance.
Drawing on his experience as a leading neuro-scientist, Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan basically argues that humans are amoral. In other terms, as long as their basic needs are not satisfied, they will act without morality, only aiming at fulfilling their egoist, basic needs. This is why strong governance structures are required in order to contain and regulate these traits of human nature.
Furthermore, Dr Al-Rodhan challenges the underlying assumptions of conventional International Relations and Economic Theories by holding that Human Nature is much more emotional rather than rational. While the assumption of rationality of man has been frequently criticized in recent months, little effort has been made to provide new approaches. This book fills this gap by scientifically demonstrating that humans are emotional, amoral and egoist beings.
Despite its discussion of very complex topics, this book is an easy read and I recommend it to everyone with any interest in the these topics.


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