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Another Cosmopolitanism$
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Seyla Benhabib and Robert Post

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195183221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195183221.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Another Cosmopolitanism

Robert Post

Oxford University Press

This book explores how one can fashion political and legal institutions to govern the people, all together, on this earth. For centuries, there have been articulated issues of morality and ethics within a language of universalism. Exemplary is the “universalist moral standpoint” adopted by “the discourse theory of ethics.” The book's conception of this future is not fully specified, but at a minimum it involves separating the demos from the ethnos. In practice, this means establishing forms of democratic authority that fly free from the historical specificity of national boundaries. Universal cosmopolitanism presently faces two barriers to its success: necessary boundedness of democratic authority; and the historically specific forms of national solidarity represented by the ethnos.

Keywords:   morality, ethics, universalism, discourse theory, demos, ethnos, cosmopolitanism, democratic authority, national solidarity

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