Century Dawn Essay From History Selected Twentieth Universal Witness
A global ethic for the twenty-first century will be different from that of the twentieth century.
Vico did have some political influence in his later years.
Nevertheless, Vico’s theories on culture, language, politics and religion are deeply insightful and have excited the imaginations of those who have read him. Vico recounts that at the age of seven he fell from the top of a ladder, probably in his father’s bookshop, and seriously injured his head.
He had to spend three years recovering from the injury ( 111), and for most of his life he complained of bouts of ill health.
Between the two centuries lie the end of the cold war, the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the global financial crisis, and the double transformation of the structure of power in world politics and the norms of sovereignty and intervention.
Nuclear weapons will remain high on the agenda of a global ethic, but they will not hold as dominant a place as they did in the past century.