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Cosmopolitanisms in Enlightenment Europe and Beyond


Edited By Mónica García-Salmones and Pamela Slotte

This volume offers critical, historical and theoretical perspectives on cosmopolitanism, paying attention to its implications and manifestations both within and outside Europe. It also explores the links between cosmopolitanism and teleological understandings of Europe: there is an idea of «progress» not far below the surface of the concept, but what does it mean and what is its ultimate aim? Through this analysis, the authors uncover several cosmopolitanisms originating and playing out in different periods of European history, most notably during Antiquity and during the European Enlightenment. The book shows that some of the languages of cosmopolitanism did not originate in or locate themselves exclusively in Europe, but that they nonetheless spread through connections with that continent, most commonly through the colonial encounter. The study contains valuable historical analyses of cosmopolitanism in context, in Europe, Russia, the Ottoman Empire and Africa. The book is based on papers presented at the conference «Revisiting the Imaginations of Europe and the World: Coming to Terms with Teleologies and Assessing Cosmopolitanism», held at the University of Helsinki in 2010.


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The editors want to thank BIARI at Brown University (USA) and the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights (Finland) for their contribution to funding this publication and María José Bel- monte Sánchez and Tero Lundstedt for their help in editing the manu- script. From Peter Lang we would like to thank Hagen Schulz-Forberg and Emilie Menz for their support and for their interest in our project. We are especially indebted to Martti Koskenniemi and Bo Stråth for their help in different ways and moments in the path of this publication. Finally, we want to thank all the contributors for embarking in this project and for their rich and enlightening pieces.

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