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Political Philosophy from an Intercultural Perspective Power Relations in a Global World

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    The objective of the following collected volume is to encourage a critical reflection on the relationship between "power" and "non-power" in our contemporary "world" and, proceeding from various philosophical traditions, to investigate the multifaceted aspects of this relationship. The authors’ respective investigations proceed from an intercultural perspective and fall predominantly in the domain of political theory and philosophy.

    This volume takes an intercultural political perspective, which means, on the one hand, involving non-European philosophies in a global debate about power relations and their effects in the world and, on the other hand, confronting local traditions of thought with a global inquiry in order to enter into a philosophical-political dialogue with these traditions. An intercultural approach of this type to political philosophy seeks not only to join others in reflecting upon global problems, but also to decenter of our understanding of the world, drawing attention to new ways of thinking.

    Insofar as the authors of the planned volume deal with "concrete" philosophical-political problems unfolding in various regions of the world, they seek to shed light on burning issues like migration, human rights violations, dictatorship and language, global poverty, power asymmetries, experiences of injustice with the further goal of offering a particularly intercultural analysis of these problems along with approaches to resolving them. To date, there is no book that collects various essays from different countries and perspectives and poses political-philosophical problems from an intercultural point of view.


    Sarhan Dhouib

    Part I. Interculturality as the Basis for a Philosophy of Coexistence

    1. Intercultural Philosophy as Philosophy for Better Human Conviviality

    Raúl Fornet-Betancourt

    2. Responses to Past Injustice in Democratizing Societies and the Universalization of Human Rights

    Sarhan Dhouib

    3. Negotiating African Identity in Times of Globalization: A Comparative Approach to Afropolitanism and Negritude

    Albert Kasanda

    Part II. Human Being in Times of Displacement

    4. The Value of Home in a Global World: On Migration and Depopulated Landscapes

    Bianca Boteva-Richter

    5. A Genealogy of Displacement in the South African Land Question

    Christopher Allsobrook

    Part III. Being with Others: Applied Dimensions and Real-World Problems

    6. The Public Legitimacy of Minority Claims in Eastern Europe

    Plamen Makariev

    7. Cultural Impoverishment: The Hidden Dimension of Global Injustice

    Mongi Serbaji

    8. "Detention and Torture Centers" in Latin American Dictatorships: Places of Subjective and Social Reconfiguration

    José Santos Herceg

    Part IV. Intercultural Approaches to Reconciliation

    9. Confucian Remonstrance in the Dialectics of Self-Conscious Identity between the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong

    James Garrison

    10. Politics and Reconciliation: The Issue of Comfort Women in the Dynamics of Political Reconciliation between Japan and South Korea

    Naoko Kumagai

    11. Political Reconciliation in Liberal States

    Henning Hahn


    James Garrison


    Bianca Boteva-Richter is Lecturer at the Institute of Philosophy, University of Vienna (Austria).

    Sarhan Dhouib is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hildesheim (Germany).

    James Garrison is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Baldwin Wallace University (USA).