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Cosmopolitanism without Foundations

Tamara Caraus and Dan Lazea, Editors

This book examines the foundations of cosmopolitanism and ways of conceiving non-totalizing foundations. The core idea shared by all cosmopolitan views is that human beings belong to a single community and the ultimate units of moral concern are individual human beings, not states or particular forms of human associations. Nevertheless, the attempts to ground a political theory on overarching universal principles, inevitable in constructing a cosmopolitan theory, give to cosmopolitanism a certain temptation to foundationalism that is in contradiction with the plurality of social, cultural, political, religious interpretative standpoints. This book explores possibilities for overcoming this contradiction. The innovative aspects are in its focus on foundations/grounds of cosmopolitanism and in its attempts to advance approaches of cosmopolitanism that avoid firm/given foundations.

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  • · ISBN: 978-606-8266-78-7 (ebook) · Online access on this site · Published June 2015 ·
    · ISBN: 978-606-8266-77-0 (paperback) · Print and eBook options available from Zeta Books ·


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