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Radical CosmopoliticsThe Ethics and Politics of Democratic Universalism$
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James Ingram

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231161107

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231161107.001.0001

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Rethinking Political Cosmopolitanism

Rethinking Political Cosmopolitanism

From Democracy to Democratization

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(p.184) Chapter Five Rethinking Political Cosmopolitanism
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Radical Cosmopolitics
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James D. Ingram

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161107.003.0006

This chapter aims to formulate a cosmopolitan politics that responds to the impasses of the neo-Kantian cosmopolitanisms. Reflecting Chantal Mouffe's theorization, the chapter explains that the problems with existing models of political cosmopolitanism are rooted within the dominant forms of political theory. For cosmopolitan purposes, the democratic ideal is best considered not in terms of institutional designs or regimes, but as a process of democratization. At its best, politics is an activity—the cooperative practice through which people manage their common affairs. The chapter's first part presents the works of authors who are in favor of such a view: Hannah Arendt, Claude Lefort, Sheldon Wolin, and Miguel Abensour. The latter part discusses Ètienne Balibar and Jacques Rancière's theories concerning the universalistic aspect of radical democracy.

Keywords:   neo-Kantian cosmopolitanisms, Chantal Mouffe, democratization, Hannah Arendt, Claude Lefort, Sheldon Wolin, Miguel Abensour, Ètienne Balibar, Jacques Rancière

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