New Philosophy and New Law for a Troubled World

Philip Allott

There is a vacuum of philosophy to make sense of a world dominated by a disorderly global economy, by science and engineering, by ideologies, and by popular culture. There is a vacuum of law to bring order to relations between states that are more threatening than they have ever been. Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) re-thought everything in another difficult new world. Philip Allott’s Eutopia (2016) reclaims the best of human thought to empower us in making a better human world.

Chapter 2: The Human Condition Now

Philip Allott

Subjects: law - academic, human rights, law and society, legal philosophy, public international law


The human being is the victim of the human society that remakes the human being in its own image. Human society is the victim of the human being who fills human society with the best and the worst of being human. The human species made by Nature has become the victim of the human species made by Man. Nature is the victim of the human species that Nature made. That has always been the human condition. In the twenty-first century, the human condition is facing an unprecedented crisis. Our response to that crisis, as human beings and as human societies, will determine the future of the human species, and even its survival.

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