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 8: The Power of Emotion

Philip Allott

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


We are ruled by the power of memory. We are ruled by the power of imagination. We are ruled by the power of knowledge. And we are ruled by the power of emotion. Human remembering, human imagining and human thinking are lively worlds on their own. Together, they flood the mind with orderly and disorderly energy. Add human emotion, and you have the wild complexity and obscurity of the human mind. Emotion is the application of the psychic energy that is an aspect of the physical energy of the human body. Emotion is a powerful driving force on which our living and surviving directly depends, as individual human beings and as human societies. There is a mystery to be solved. Why is such a major role given to emotion in the consciousness of the human species? Would not memory and imagination and knowledge be enough? And an interesting related question: what do we mean by the word happiness?

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