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:
This bookoffers 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.
Preface: Twenty Theses on Cosmopolitan Social Theory 1. Taking the ‘ism’ Out of Cosmopolitanism: The Equivocations of the ‘New Cosmopolitanism’ 2. Confronting Reputations: Kant’s Cosmopolitanism and Hegel’s Critique 3. Cosmopolitanism and Political Community: The Equivocations of Constitutional Patriotism 4. Cosmopolitanism and International Law: From the ‘Law of Peoples’ to the ‘Constitutionalisation of International Law’ 5. Cosmopolitanism and Humanitarian Military Intervention: War, Peace and Human Rights 6. Cosmopolitanism and Punishment: Prosecuting Crimes Against Humanity 7. Cosmopolitanism and the Life of the Mind: The Critique of Reason 8. Conclusion