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A Study in Transborder Ethics

Justice, Citizenship, Civility- Foreword by Daniel Innerarity

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Geneviève Souillac

A renewed approach to democratic ethics is needed, one that takes into consideration the management of complexity and memory in a global world. The expansion of democratic ethics for the stewardship of a postnational, postmetaphysical, and postsecular world is the object of this book. It takes as its point of departure current proposals for global democratic justice, but extends these by incorporating contemporary European ideas on border and existential ethics. The privilege of democratic citizenship includes our conscious involvement with our historical destinies, and with others whom we inevitably encounter on our journey of contemporary politics. A post-heroic approach to democratic ethics, one which takes violence and injustice seriously, yet understands the constraints posed on us as historical beings, is necessary. The practices of civility, such as they arise from a normative democratic universe and the ever-increasing role of civil society, can be harnessed for a transborder ethics. The examination of a contemporary democratic anthropology that includes a phenomenology of violence further clarifies the importance of intersubjective processes of encounter, dialogue, and recognition.

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Foreword ..............................................................................................11 By Daniel Innerarity Introduction .........................................................................................13 CHAPTER I Democratic Memory and the Democratic Deficit: The Shadow of Rousseau ....................................................................27 Democratic Memory: The Elusive Notion of the “People”..............31 Global Democracy or Democratic Hubris? ......................................43 Towards a Post-heroic World...........................................................51 CHAPTER II The Ties that Bind: From Cosmopolitan Justice to the Right to Rights...........................67 Cosmopolitan Obligations, Civilizing the World.............................72 Extending Democratic Justice for Democratic Legitimacy..............90 CHAPTER III Towards a Political Anthropology of Modernity: Debt of Meaning, Democratic Condition .........................................109 The oubli démocratique: The Political Unconscious and the Modern Condition ....................................................................112 Violence, Democracy and the Normative West .............................124 Sovereignty, Memory and the Opacity of Violence.......................135 CHAPTER IV Democracy Across Borders: Citizenship, Civility, Encounter.......147 From Borders to Hospitality...........................................................153 Conflict and Norms, History and Critique: Hermeneutics and the Public Sphere..............................................168 Afterword ...........................................................................................191 Bibliography....................................................................................... 193

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