This volume engages with Jürgen Habermas’s political theory from critical perspectives beyond its Western European origins. In particular, it explores the challenges of democratizing, decolonizing and desecularizing his theory for global contexts, and proposes ‘deprovincializing’ reformulations for contemporary political and social issues.
Foreword.IntroductionTom Bailey Part I. Democratizing 1. Back to Kant? The Democratic Deficits in Habermas' Global Constitutionalism Lars Rensmann 2. Democratizing International Law: A Republican Reading of Habermas' Cosmopolitan Project James Bohman 3. Feminist Solidarity in India: Communitarian Challenges and Postnational Prospects Kanchana Mahadevan 4. Deliberation without Democracy? Reflections on Habermas, Mini-publics and China William Smith Part II. Decolonizing 5. Defending Habermas against Eurocentrism: Latin America and Mignolo’s Decolonial Challenge Raymond Morrow 6. Care, Power and Deconstructive Postcolonialism: Reformulating the Habermasian Response Richard Ganis 7. From Communicative Modernity to Modernities in Tension John Rundell Part III. Desecularizing 8. What is Living and What is Dead in Habermas’ Secularization Hypothesis? Kevin W. Gray 9. Reason and Li Xing: A Chinese Solution to Habermas’ Problem of Moral Motivation Tong Shijun 10. Radicalizing the Post-secular Thesis, Provincializing Habermas Péter Losonczi. About the Editor. Notes on Contributors. Index
Whereas the interrelation of ethics and political thought has been recognized since the dawn of political reflection, we have witnessed over the last 60 years – roughly since the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights – a particularly turbulent process of dilating, indeed globalizing, the coverage and application of that interrelation. At the very instant the decolonized globe consolidated the universality of the sovereign nation-state, that sovereignty – and the political thought that grounded it – was eroded and outstripped, not as in eras past, by imperial conquest and war, but rather by instruments of peace (charters, declarations, treaties, conventions), commerce and communication (multinational enterprises, international media, global aviation and transport, internet technologies).
Has political theory kept apace with global political realities? Can ethical reflection illuminate the murky challenges of real global politics?
The book series 'Ethics, Human Rights and Global Political Thought' addresses these crucial questions by bringing together outstanding texts interrogating the intersection of normative theorizing and political realities with a global focus. The volumes discuss key aspects of the contemporary chiasmus of the local and the global – social movements and global justice, folkways and human rights, poverty and sustainability, rural realities and the cosmopolitan hyperreal.