Here I seek to answer, briefly, some of the questions I receive about my book. I may rephrase some questions—and alas, I may not get the chance to answer them all. But I would hope to.
"What sets your environmental ethics apart?"
A: A comparison should help. Holmes Rolston believes that we have the ability to manage nature. Edward Wilson wrote that half the earth should be human-free until we figure out how. I argue: we won’t figure out how. We are dealing with a global (open) system, and a poor record until now. Retreat.——————————————————————————————————————————————————
"What do you understand by modernism?"
A: Above all, what Schopenhauer called "the single thought". One has a big idea about the world, or about life, and references everything to that idea. More intuitively, it means to have definite meanings.——————————————————————————————————————————————————
"What do you mean by a syntocracy?"
A: A syntocracy is a form of government which brings all things into balanced relation—as a priority. This includes the election of representatives, who (ought to) have knowledge and experience on the ground. That may be the exception rather than the rule today.——————————————————————————————————————————————————
"In an interview, you hope that your book explains how all things fit together. All things?"
A: The aim of this particular interview was to reduce it all to less than half a minute. Some nuances were lost! It would seem less correct to say that my book explains how various things fit together.
"Do you follow Francis Schaeffer?"
A: Dr. Schaeffer was one of my professors. He influenced me greatly through his emphasis on presuppositions and holistic thinking in particular. However, he wrote philosophical theology. I write philosophy.
"How are you positioned vis-à-vis Pacific island philosophies?"
A: Pacific islands’ social and material cultures—which are complete systems in themselves—are awe-inspiring. They are static systems, as opposed to the ‘growth’ culture of the West. My book offers insight into the stasis of old world cultures, and an analysis of the thought which drives growth culture.
"Do you have to hand in your manuscript on time? To the day?"
A: Absolutely. No hakuna matata mañana mañana. It's a contract, and needs to be fulfilled. Penalties for default are laid out in the contract. Basically, a lot of people are involved, and it needs to go to plan.
"Is there anything important for religion in your book?"
A: Yes. I demonstrate that it is impossible to believe in a closed universe of cause and effect. I think this is a big issue for clergy in particular. Not that my book is religious. I stay within the bounds of philosophy.
"In what way is your metaphysics postmodern?"
A: Here are three things (among others). I reject the “single thought” which is typical of modern philosophies; I dismantle the notion that reason is "our last judge and guide in everything"; and I present information as the great leveler of all forms of dominance (called hegemony).
"How long did it take to write your book?"
A: I made my first attempt on a new metaphysics in 1981! which is more than forty years ago. I started this present manuscript in 2015. Six years.