Cosmopolitanism and Violence: The Limits of Global Civil Society

Delanty, Gerard (2001) Cosmopolitanism and Violence: The Limits of Global Civil Society. European Journal of Social Theory, 4 (1). pp. 41-52. ISSN 1368-4310

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The problem of violence for social theory is not only a normative question which can be answered in political-ethical terms, but it is also a cognitive question relating to the definition of violence. This cognitive question is one of the main problems with the contemporary discourse of violence and it is this that makes the idea of a cosmopolitan public sphere particularly relevant since it is in public discourse that cognitive models are articulated. The real power of cosmopolitanism lies in communicative power, the problematizing, the reflexive transformation of cultural models and the raising of `voice'. Unless global civil society is based on a cosmopolitan political sphere there is the danger that it will be disembodied and helpless in the face of new forms of violence.

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