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The metaphysics of cosmopolitanism

Douzinas, Costas (2012) The metaphysics of cosmopolitanism. In: Braidotti, R. and Hanafin, Patrick and Blaagaard, B. (eds.) After Cosmopolitanism. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 57-76. ISBN 9780415623810.

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Abstract

At a time when social and political reality seems to move away from the practice of cosmopolitanism, whilst being in serious need of a new international framework to regulate global interaction, what are the new definitions and practices of cosmopolitanism? Including contributions from leading figures across the humanities and social sciences, After Cosmopolitanism takes up this question as its central challenge. Its core argument is the idea that our globalised condition forms the heart of contemporary cosmopolitan claims, which do not refer to a transcendental ideal, but are rather immanent to the material conditions of global interdependence. But to what extent do emerging definitions of cosmopolitanism contribute to new representative democratic models of governance? The present volume argues that a radical transformation of cosmopolitanism is already ongoing and that more effort is needed to take stock of transformations which are both necessary and possible. To this end, After Cosmopolitanism calls for an understanding of cosmopolitanism that is more attentive to the material reality of our social and political situation and less focused on linguistic analyses of its metaphorical implications. It is the call for a cosmopolitanism that is also a cosmopolitics.

Item Type: Book Section
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Law
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Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2012 13:48
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:23
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/4933

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