- Paperback: 376 pages
- Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (15 August 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813134706
- ISBN-13: 978-0813134703
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
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""The editors have enlisted a truly outstanding roster of luminaries in the world of political theory. This is a very fine collection."--Clifford Orwin, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program in Political Philosophy and International Affairs, University of Toronto" -- ""The range of thinkers this volume covers is extremely helpful for any scholar interested in cosmopolitanism. The volume is expansive temporally, culturally, thematically, and methodologically."--Richard Avramenko, University of Wisconsin-Madison" --
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Lee Trepanier, associate professor of political science at Saginaw Valley State University, lives in University Center, Michigan.||Khalil M. Habib, director of the Pell Honors Program and assistant professor of philosophy at Salve Regina University, lives in Newport, Rhode Island
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The volume is neatly divided into three parts: 1. Classical Cosmopolitanism (with chapters devoted to Socrates, Cicero, Aquinas, Ibn Tufayl); 2. Modern and Contemporary Cosmopolitanism (with chapters devoted to Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Alexandre Kojeve, and Postmodern theories of cosmopolitanism); and a final section 3 on Cosmopolitanism in the United States (with chapters ranging form Madison and the Founders, to Tocqueville on America to European experiments with Cosmopolitanism).
The introduction gives a nice history of the development of cosmopolitanism and then the action begins. From brilliant essays by Mary Nichols on Socrates, to Thomas Pangle on Roman Cosmopolitanism on the Stoics and Cicero, to Heyking on Aquinas, to Khalil M Habib on Ibn Tufayl, all the way to essays dealing with Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Kojeve, and even chapters on Madison and Republican Cosmopolitanism, to Lincoln's Reflective Patriotism, this book offers plenty to think about. The variety of philosophies and approaches considered is stunning and sets this volume apart from all the other volumes or books out there.
Some chapters, such as the one written by L. Joseph Hebert, treat several thinkers on the topic (Tocqueville, Cicero, and Augustine on the limits of politics and cosmopolitan ambitions); while others, such as Brian Domitrovic examine cosmopolitanism from the perspectives of economic theory (these two chapters are just wonderful). Not only does this volume bring together some of the biggest names in political philosophy, but it also brings into the conversation well known historians, economists, and social scientists. It is truly interdisciplinary in the best sense of the term.
By contrast to other very good volumes out there (for example, The Cosmopolitan Reader, by Garrett Wallace Brown) Cosmopolitanism in the Age of Globalization: Citizens Without States simply offers more. Unlike virtually all other contemporary works on the subject, this one takes on a more historical and critical view. As the editors point out in their excellent Introduction (do NOT skip this!), looking at the entire history of cosmopolitan tells a different story from what we often get by those who only focus on their own scholarly views at the expense of alternatives. It is difficult to single out specific gems. They are all excellent chapters and each offers a new angle from the perspective of a neglected thinker (or in some cases thinkers). I was pleasantly surprised to see chapters on Islamic and Christian thinkers. Habib's chapter covers a little known (at least to me) Islamic philosopher, Ibn Tufayl, and offers a very clear reading of his romance novel, Hayy, which I am now encouraged to read on my own, and in which Tufayl offers a sympathetic but critical critique of cosmopolitanism. This chapter along with Heking's and Hebert's complement each other well. Seeing the issues of cosmopolitanism in the thought and action of Lincoln and Madison was also an unexpected and valuable angle. The essays by Pangle, Nichols, Velkley, Habib, and Hebert are stunning and original. If nothing else, this volume will bring into the discussion neglected but important figures who not always embraced the claims or hopes of cosmopolitanism, but nevertheless felt it necessary to take its promises seriously by thinking through them.