Cosmopolitanism

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The idea of cosmopolitanism has informed some of the most important developments in current sociology. It has changed the way in which we think about a vast array of issues: the forces of globalization, the resurgence of nationalism, the future of political community in Europe, the role of international law in social life, changing forms of violence and even the life of the mind. This book explains what cosmopolitanism is and why it has grabbed the sociological imagination.

Robert Fine explores the concept of cosmopolitanism and its application to a range of contemporary issues, including:

  • the future of Europe
  • the role of human rights, global governance and perpetual peace in the construction of a cosmopolitan order
  • crimes against humanity
  • the justification of humanitarian military interventions
  • the extension of democracy beyond national limits.

This book offers an innovative mix of theoretical and socio-political elements that will be of great interest to students and researchers in the fields of international political theory,
international relations, social theory and cultural studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415392242
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/16/2007
  • Series: Key Ideas Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Fine is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK. He has been engaged in theoretical research in the areas of natural law and social theory, cosmopolitan social theory and more empirical research in the areas of racism, anti-Semitism and nationalism.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgements     xviii
Taking the 'ism' out of cosmopolitanism: laying out the field     1
The new cosmopolitanism within the social sciences     2
Ulrich Beck and the critique of methodological nationalism     6
The critique of the critique of methodological nationalism     9
Post-universalism and the modern state     14
The cosmopolitan vision     17
Cosmopolitanism and its critics     19
Cosmopolitanism and natural law: Kant and Hegel     22
Kant's theory of cosmopolitanism     22
Hegel's critique of Kant's cosmopolitanism     29
Violence and the modern state     36
Cosmopolitanism and political community: the equivocations of constitutional patriotism     39
Constitutional patriotism and cosmopolitanism     41
Constitutional patriotism and German nationalism     44
Constitutional patriotism and the turn to Europe     48
Constitutional patriotism and democracy     52
Cosmopolitanism and natural law theory     56
Cosmopolitanism and international law: from the 'law of peoples' to the 'constitutionalisation of international law'     59
Cosmopolitan democracy and global civil society     60
John Rawls and the Law of Peoples     63
The constitutionalisation of international law     69
The limits of constitutionalisation     73
Cosmopolitanism and humanitarian military intervention: war, peace and human rights     78
Dealing with ambivalence     82
Debasing the coinage     90
Law and judgement     93
Cosmopolitanism and punishment: prosecuting crimes against humanity     96
Arendt and Jaspers: Nuremberg     97
Arendt and Jaspers: the Eichmann trial     101
Strategies of denial     104
Cosmopolitanism and Holocaust uniqueness     111
Cosmopolitanism and the life of the mind: the critique of nihilism     115
The equivocations of thinking     118
The equivocations of willing     122
Judgement and understanding     125
Nihilism and cosmopolitanism     130
Conclusion: the elements of a cosmopolitan social theory     133
Bibliography     155
Index     171
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