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Aboulafia examines how Mead's insights illuminate Hannah Arendt's reading of Immanuel Kant's third Critique and Jürgen Habermas's understanding of the relationship between communicative action, universality, and individuation. Teasing out strands of agreement and disagreement between Mead and these theorists on topics such as impartiality and good judgment, Aboulafia develops a conception of universalism that is compatible with contemporary notions of pluralism. He also addresses the serious challenge presented to Mead's approach to pluralism by Emmanuel Levinas, who holds that true pluralism is fundamentally irreconcilable with universalism.
The Cosmopolitan Self offers a model of the democratically inclined individual who embodies both a capacity to establish common ground with others and a sensitivity to their uniqueness. This important volume appreciably advances the dialogue between continental thought and classical American philosophy.
|1||Mead and the Social Self||7|
|2||Judgment and Universality in Arendt's Kant and Mead||28|
|3||Universality and Individuality: Habermas and Mead||61|
|4||Levinas and the Other Side||87|
|5||Pluralism, Radical Pluralism, and the Perspectives of Others||105|