Leading experts and rising stars in the field explore whether cosmopolitanism becomes impossible in the theoretical framework that assumed the absence of a final ground. The questions that the volume addresses refer exactly to the foundational predicament that characterizes cosmopolitanism: How is it possible to think cosmopolitanism after the critique of foundations? Can cosmopolitanism be conceived without an ‘ultimate’ ground? Can we construct theories of cosmopolitanism without some certainties about the entire world or about the cosmos? Should we continue to look for foundations of cosmopolitan rights, norms and values? Alternatively, should we aim towards cosmopolitanism without foundations or towards cosmopolitanism with ‘contingent foundations’? Could cosmopolitanism be the very attempt to come to terms with the failure of ultimate grounds?
Written accessibly and contributing to key debates on political philosophy, and social and political thought, this volume advances the concept of post-foundational cosmopolitanism by bridging the polarised approaches to the concept.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Re-Grounding Cosmopolitanism: Towards a Post-Foundational Cosmopolitanism
Part 1: Grounds
1. Cosmopolitanism Without Bannisters: Agonism, Humanism, and World Disclosure
2. Seeing Humanity Anew: Grammatically Reading Liberal Cosmopolitanism
3. Re-Thinking Universalism: Post – Foundational Cosmopolitanism in a Relational Key
4. Contingency and Contestability: Questioning Cosmopolitan Foundations
[Camil Alexandru Pârvu]
Part 2: Ontology 5. Cosmopolitan Ontology or the Cosmo-Political
6. The Kosmos of Cosmopolitanism: Geography and Grounding
[Péter D. Szigeti]
7. Spinoza – Cosmopolitanism for the Love of Multitudes
8. "Ontology of the Present" and Critical Attitude of Thinking: A Foucauldian Proposal of a Post-Foundational Cosmopolitanism
Part 3 : Politics
9. The Political, the Ethical, the Global: Towards a Post-Foundational Theory of Cosmopolitan Democracy
10. Cosmopolitan Pedagogies and The Possibility of a Democratic Cosmopolitics
11. The "Foundations" of Political Cosmopolitanism
12. How to Interrupt Happy Nationalism: From Butler’s Performativity to Radical Cosmopolitanism
Tamara Caraus is researcher at New Europe College, Bucharest. Her area of research includes cosmopolitanism, continental political theory, theories of agonistic democracy, and dissidence.
Elena Paris is a doctoral candidate and researcher at the Law School, University of Bucharest. Her research interests include international legal theory, cosmopolitanism, critical human rights, constitutionalism, collective security, financial law.
"This volume explores in an illuminating fashion the question of whether cosmopolitanism always has to succumb to the "temptation of foundations" or whether it can be figured in a way that it becomes a continual challenge to all attempts to anchor political life to a timeless, universal mooring."—Stephen White, James Hart Professor of Politics, University of Virginia