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The Cosmos in Cosmopolitanism

Papastergiadis, Nikos

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1. Edition October 2023
256 Pages, Softcover
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ISBN: 978-1-5095-5932-9
John Wiley & Sons

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Cosmopolitanism is commonly associated today with the idea that the forces of globalization could be tempered by new forms of cosmopolitan governance, an idea that was popular among some political theorists in the late twentieth century but seems increasingly unrealistic today.

Rather than discarding the idea of cosmopolitanism, Nikos Papastergiadis seeks to reinvigorate it by examining the ways in which visual artists have explored themes associated with the cosmos. Kant regarded cosmopolitanism as the goal for humanity, but he turned his attention away from the connection to the cosmos and directed it toward the practical rules for peaceful co-existence. However, these two concerns are not in conflict. Today a new vision of the cosmos is being developed by artists, among others - one that brings together the cosmos and the polis. Scholars from the South are decolonizing the mindset which divided the world and split us from our common connections, while others are using art to highlight the existential threats we now face as a species.

By developing a distinctive form of aesthetic cosmopolitanism, this book shows that the idea of the cosmos is more important than ever today, and vital for our attempts to rethink our place as one species among others in a universe that extends far beyond our world.

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Cosmopolitanism is commonly associated today with the idea that the forces of globalization could be tempered by new forms of cosmopolitan governance, an idea that was popular among some political theorists in the late twentieth century but seems increasingly unrealistic today.

Rather than discarding the idea of cosmopolitanism, Nikos Papastergiadis seeks to reinvigorate it by examining the ways in which visual artists have explored themes associated with the cosmos. Kant regarded cosmopolitanism as the goal for humanity, but he turned his attention away from the connection to the cosmos and directed it toward the practical rules for peaceful co-existence. However, these two concerns are not in conflict. Today a new vision of the cosmos is being developed by artists, among others - one that brings together the cosmos and the polis. Scholars from the South are decolonizing the mindset which divided the world and split us from our common connections, while others are using art to highlight the existential threats we now face as a species.

By developing a distinctive form of aesthetic cosmopolitanism, this book shows that the idea of the cosmos is more important than ever today, and vital for our attempts to rethink our place as one species among others in a universe that extends far beyond our world.

Prolegomenon: Putting the Cosmos Back into Cosmopolitanism

1 Introduction: A Constellation for Cosmopolitanism in Seven Points

Part 1 Cosmos in Antiquity

2 Cosmopolitanism in Antiquity

3 Stoic lives and the places of Cosmopolitanism

4 Cosmopolis and Physics of Cosmic Fire

Part 2 Closing Apertures: Fading Cosmos and Rising Anthropos

5 From St Paul to the Enlightenment

6 Kant: Cosmopolitanism or the Graveyard

Part 3 From the Moral Imperative to the Creative Constitutive

7 After Kant: Political Philosophy for Cosmopolitanism - Habermas and Derrida

8 After Kant: Political Philosophy against Cosmopolitanism - Sloterdijk and Mouffe

9 Cosmos Perduring in Art

10 Cosmos from the Global South: From Subaltern to Decolonial Perspectives

11 Cosmos for the World

12 Epilogue: Cosmic Fire and Liquid Polis
"Nikos Papastergiadis has put the cosmos back into cosmopolitanism, refusing to cede the intellectual and aesthetic gravity of the concept to reductive, neoliberal apologia. Added to his usual encyclopedic scholarship and lucid writing is a generous sense of connection to place, people, and planet that makes this book both compelling and urgent - a must-read!"
Marsha Meskimmon, Loughborough University

"In this inspiring and lucidly written book, Papastergiadis shows that cosmopolitanism exerts a continued allure for contemporary critical thought and is deeply embedded in the human condition and in aesthetic sensibility."
Gerard Delanty, Sussex University
Nikos Papastergiadis is the Director of the Research Unit in Public Cultures and a professor in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

N. Papastergiadis, University of Manchester