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Fred Dallmayr

Critical Phenomenology, Cross-cultural Theory, Cosmopolitanism, 1st Edition

Edited by Farah Godrej

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Fred Dallmayr’s work is innovative in its rethinking of some of the central concepts of modern political philosophy, challenging the hegemony of a modern “subjectivity” at the heart of Western liberalism, individualism and rationalism, and articulating alternative voices, claims and ideas. His writings productively confound the logocentrism of Western modernity, while providing alternative conceptions of political community that are post-individualist, post-anthropocentric and relational.

The editor has focused on work in three key areas:

Critical phenomenology and the study of politics

The first selections focus on the philosophical roots of Dallmayr’s work in two of the most innovative intellectual trends of the twentieth century: phenomenology and critical theory. These chapters outline some of the main arguments advanced by practitioners of phenomenology, particularly “existential phenomenology,” as well the guiding ideas of critical theory and critical Marxism, while tracing Dallmayr’s debt to thinkers such as Heidegger, Gadamer, Habermas, Adorno and Merleau-Ponty.

Cross-cultural theory

These readings illustrate Dallmayr’s explorations beyond the confines of Western culture, as this phase of his thinking turns toward what is now called cross-cultural or “comparative” political theory. In an approach that maintains its linkage with critical phenomenology, Dallmayr asserts that Western (or European-American) political theory can no longer claim undisputed hegemony; rather it must allow itself to be contested, amplified and corrected through a comparison with non-Western theoretical traditions and initiatives.

Cosmopolitanism

These selections explore the final phase of Dallmayr’s work, in which he applies his insights on cross-cultural studies to the context of global politics, rebutting Samuel Huntington’s “clash of civilizations” thesis, and instead arguing for a cosmopolitanism that takes a middle path between both global universalism and restrictive particularism, advocating sustained dialogue and respectful mutual learning between countries and civilizations.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Farah Godrej

PART I

Critical Phenomenology and the Study of Politics

1 Critical Phenomenology and the Study of Politics (1981)

2 Beyond Possessive Individualism (1981)

3 Political Philosophy Today (1984)

4 Habermas and Rationality (1991)

5 Rethinking the Political: Some Heideggerian Contributions (1993)

PART II

Cross-Cultural Theory

6 Beyond Monologue: For a Comparative Political Theory (2004)

7 Conversation Across Boundaries: E Pluribus Unum? (2003)

8 Modes of Cross-Cultural Encounter: Reflections on 1492 (1996)

9 Political Self-Rule: Gandhi and the Future of Democracy (2013)

PART III

Cosmopolitanism

10 Global Governance and Cultural Diversity: Toward a Cosmopolitan Democracy (2001)

11 Cosmopolitanism: In Search of Cosmos (2013)

12 Mindfulness and Cosmopolis: Why Cross-Cultural Studies Now? (2014)

An Interview with Fred Dallmayr (Questions from Farah Godrej)

About the Editor

Farah Godrej is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Political Thought: Method, Practice, Discipline (Oxford University Press, 2011), as well as many articles in journals such as Political Theory, Review of Politics, Polity, and New Political Science.

About the Series

Routledge Innovators in Political Theory

Routledge Innovators in Political Theory focuses on leading contemporary thinkers in political theory, highlighting the major innovations in their thought that have reshaped the field. Each volume collects both published and unpublished texts, and combines them with an interview with the thinker. The editorial introduction articulates the innovator’s key contributions in relation to political theory, and contextualises the writer’s work. Volumes in the series will be required reading for both students and scholars of 21st century politics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POL000000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL003000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
POL015000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
POL016000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / General