Glen T. Martin

Professor of Philosophy, Radford University

Now Published

Editor’s note:

I have had the privilege of working closely with Professor Glen Martin. A philosopher by trade, Dr. Martin is also a leading peace activist. He does not accept the narrative that we are forever stuck in a brutish world, like it or not, where there will always be war. He firmly believes that we can rise above the geopolitical war system by establishing a new global peace system. That’s where the Constitution for the Federation of Earth (aka “Earth Constitution”) comes predominately into a future that many of us believe can open the door to world peace, and to prosperity — for everybody, not just the few.


Roger Kotila, Ph.D

President, Democratic World Federalists

Book Dedication

This book is dedicated to the more than half of humanity whose lives are immiserated by the unrelenting structural violence, implacably and blindly imposed everywhere upon the Earth, devastating the future of its citizens and wreaking havoc upon all the Earth’s living creatures.

Book Description

This volume examines the dynamics of self-transcendence for both individuals and humanity as a whole. In doing so, it illuminates the definitive relationship between self-transcendence and global democracy. Drawing upon a vast literature of philosophy, psychology, and religion, ancient and modern, East and West, this book reveals the power of human futurity in actualizing our higher potential. It represents a real breakthrough in understanding our emerging new era in the evolution of humanity. It describes our transition from personal consciousness to global consciousness.

Focus of Book

The book includes chapters on the fundamental ideas that animate our self-understanding and define our common humanity. Through careful scholarship, it examines the dynamics of human dignity, freedom, love, community, intrinsic rights, and global ethics. It explores each of these concepts as a dimension of our human temporality as we envision and move into an ever-transcending future, a future that includes a World Parliament and planetary democracy.

Why you need to read this

In our time of apparent hopelessness and despair, this volume reveals the grounds for a powerful hope that we can establish one world civilization of peace, justice, freedom, and sustainability. It makes a truly unique contribution, not found elsewhere in today’s literature, revealing the astonishing dignity and potential of being human. It is essential reading for all those concerned for the future of humanity and our precious planet Earth.

Original Publisher

Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Glen T. Martin, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy at Radford University, USA, and Chair Emeritus of its program in Peace Studies. He is President of International Philosophers for Peace (IPPNO) and the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA), the world’s leading organization for a constitution under a democratic World Parliament. He has received many international peace awards, including the GUSI Peace Prize International in 2013. He is the author of ten books and hundreds of articles on globalization, world law, human self-transcendence, philosophical holism, and the quest for peace with justice. His previous books include Millennium Dawn (2005), Ascent to Freedom (2008), Triumph of Civilization (2010), The Anatomy of a Sustainable World (2013), and One World Renaissance (2016).

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