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Teilhard and the Future of Humanity$
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Thierry Meynard S.J.

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226900

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226900.001.0001

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Chapter 5: Teilhard's Vision and the Earth Charter

Chapter 5: Teilhard's Vision and the Earth Charter

(p.56) Chapter 5: Teilhard's Vision and the Earth Charter
Teilhard and the Future of Humanity

Steven C. Rockefeller

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the Earth Charter as an articulation of the emerging new global ethics and as a contribution to what Pierre Teilhard de Chardin calls “the formation of a veritable spirit of the earth”. Teilhard views the evolution of life on Earth as continuous with the great evolutionary process that is the universe and he regards the emergence of mind in humanity as a great step forward in the evolutionary process. He believes that the awakening of thought and its development influence life itself in its organic totality and consequently it signifies a transformation affecting the state of the entire planet.

Keywords:   Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Earth Charter, global ethics, evolution, awakening of thought, universe, mind

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