The Cosmopolitan Imagination: The Renewal of Critical Social Theory / Edition 1

The Cosmopolitan Imagination: The Renewal of Critical Social Theory / Edition 1

by Gerard Delanty
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521695457

ISBN-13: 9780521695459

Pub. Date: 11/30/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Gerard Delanty provides a comprehensive assessment of the idea of cosmopolitanism in social and political thought which links cosmopolitan theory with critical social theory. He argues that cosmopolitanism has a critical dimension which offers a solution to one of the weaknesses in the critical theory tradition: failure to respond to the challenges of

Overview

Gerard Delanty provides a comprehensive assessment of the idea of cosmopolitanism in social and political thought which links cosmopolitan theory with critical social theory. He argues that cosmopolitanism has a critical dimension which offers a solution to one of the weaknesses in the critical theory tradition: failure to respond to the challenges of globalization and intercultural communication. Critical cosmopolitanism, he proposes, is an approach that is not only relevant to social scientific analysis but also normatively grounded in a critical attitude. Delanty's argument for a critical, sociologically oriented cosmopolitanism aims to avoid, on the one hand, purely normative conceptions of cosmopolitanism and, on the other, approaches the reduce cosmopolitanism to the empirical expression of diversity. He attempts to take cosmopolitan theory beyond the largely Western context with which it has generally been associated, claiming that cosmopolitan analysis must now take into account non-Western expressions of cosmopolitanism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521695459
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2009
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

1 The rise and decline of classical cosmopolitanism 18

2 Contemporary cosmopolitanism and social theory 51

3 Global ethics, solidarity and the problem of violence 89

4 Cosmopolitan citizenship and the post-sovereign state 111

5 Multiculturalism from a cosmopolitan perspective 132

6 Religion in a cosmopolitan society 157

7 Cosmopolitanism, modernity and global history 177

8 Cosmopolitanism and European political community 200

9 Europe as a borderland 225

10 Conclusion: inter-cultural dialogue in a post-Western world 250

Bibliography 263

Index 292

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