By Giles Gunn
Cosmopolitanism and Its Discontents seeks to deal with the types of demanding situations that cosmopolitan views and practices face in an international geared up more and more on the subject of a proliferating sequence of worldwide absolutisms – spiritual, political, social, and financial. whereas those demanding situations are usually used to aid the declare that cosmopolitanism is impotent to withstand such totalizing ideologies since it is both a Western conceit or a globalist fiction, Gunn argues that cosmopolitanism is neither.
Situating his dialogue in an emphatically international context, Gunn indicates how cosmopolitanism has been powerful in resisting such essentialisms and authoritarianisms accurately since it is extra pragmatic than prescriptive, extra self-critical than self-interested and reveals a number of of its leading contemporary expressions within the paintings of an Indian thinker, a Palestinian author, and South African story-tellers. this sort of cosmopolitanism bargains a real moral substitute to the politics of dogmatism and extremism since it is grounded on a brand new delineation of the human and opens towards a brand new, certainly, an "other," humanism.
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Ideas to Die For: The Cosmopolitan Challenge (Global Horizons) by Giles Gunn