Title

Reflexivity and globalization: Conditions and capabilities for a dialogical cosmopolitanism

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-26-2017

Subject Area

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Abstract

This essay develops the core intuition that we need to transform the objective condition of globalization into a reflexive consciousness of a cosmopolitan connectedness. We require a cosmopolitan self-understanding that allows us to respond in a normatively guided way to objective processes that undermine the usual venues of political will formation. Since our global connectedness in terms of economic and political integration is ongoing and seemingly inevitable, we need a similarly inclusive and global approach to critically respond to the challenge of these unconstrained forces. The proposal is to develop a dialogical cosmopolitanism which is not based on a new meta-level of abstract universal norms, but grounded in agentive capabilities. Hermeneutic capabilities which comprise contextual perspective-taking are introduced, developing shared yet fallible norms, and critically reflecting on the power relations involved. These agent-based capabilities would allow the situated agents themselves to understand the objective forces that define current globalization and provide normative resources for a different, cosmopolitan globalization.

Publication Title

Human Affairs

Volume

27

Issue

4

First Page

374

Last Page

388

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1515/humaff-2017-0031

ISSN

12103055

E-ISSN

1337401X

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