Critical Cosmology : On Nations and Globalization
Globalization is more than an economic or geopolitical matter; it is above all a new (political) culture and, as such, it requires philosophical inquiry to determine if it represents a 20th century revolution in thinking not unlike the Kantian Revolution represented to the 18th century. Critical Cosmology takes up the task of establishing the much needed philosophical tools to 'think' globalization by reading Kant's refoundation of cosmopolitanism as a political, not moral, text.
- Paperback | 126 pages
- 149.9 x 228.6 x 12.7mm | 181.44g
- 28 Apr 2005
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
This book, informed by an subtle and cogent reading of Kant's political philosophy, provides not only a basis for resistance, but insight into the potential for the kind of understanding of citizenship which takes the experience of nations into account. -- David Rasmussen,From the Introduction, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Boston College Too little known in the English-speaking world until the publication of this essay, though long held in high regard among European social philosophers, Gerard Raulet offers a unique and powerful perspective on the most salient issues in the contemporary social and political world. Strongly influenced by the traditions of Kant and of French Republicanism, he shows a keen sense of the dangers of both unbridled capitalism and "multiculturalism," defends the continuing importance of the nation-state within a cosmopolitan framework, and subtly analyzes the interrelated roles of morality, legality, and teleology in generating a viable political theory for our time. -- William McBride, Department of Philosophy, Purdue University We need all the rigorous thinking we can muster to make sense of globalizations implications and challenges. In this suggestive and thought-provoking essay, Raulet moves the debate forward in productive ways. As in everything by Raulet that I have read, this book shows a bredth of learning and acuity of analytical imagination... -- Martin Jay, Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley
About Gerard Raulet
GZrard Raulet is Professor of the History of Ideas at L'UniversitZ de Paris, Sorbonne, and Chair of the Weimar Culture Research Group at Maison des Sciences de L'Homme/CNRS.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 Can Political Philosophy Cope with Globalization? On the Antinomies of Globalist Neo-cosmology Chapter 2 Citizenship, Otherness, and Cosmopolitanism in Kant Chapter 3 Europe as Critical Theory Chapter 4 The Republic: A Moral or a Teleological Community? Thoughts on Integration Chapter 5 Exoticism Within: An Epistemological Inventory