Edited By Mónica García-Salmones and Pamela Slotte
Introduction (Mónica GARCÍA-SALMONES & Pamela SLOTTE)
11 Introduction Mónica GARCÍA-SALMONES & Pamela SLOTTE The invitation to think of oneself as a “citizen of the world” will strike most modern individuals as eminently reasonable, indeed some- thing so self-evident that it is hard to find anything beyond platitude to justify it. In an age of globalisation, we are all “cosmopolitans”. And yet when we think about this more closely, most of us will find the invita- tion hard to take in full seriousness. We may even come to think of it as a facile suggestion to overlook those other local identities that all of us have and whose pull often feels more tangible and more urgent than that of an abstract call to feel oneself one with the world. Though a classical theme of intellectual history, cosmopolitanism is rarely treated in all its complexity. Seldom is highlighted not only cosmopolitanism obvious attractiveness but also its intricate and demanding character. What indeed might it really be to feel no allegiance beyond that to the world at large? Or might it be that the abstract universalism of the invitation to cosmopolitanism may itself be contextualized as part of some clearly definable local and temporal moment? What indeed is its relationship to the various European philosophical vocabularies in which it is often expressed? This volume offers critical, historical and theoretical perspectives on cosmopolitanism, with reference also to its implications and forms of appearance outside Europe. It also enquires about the links between cosmopolitanism and teleological understandings of Europe: there...
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