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Cosmopolitanism and Beyond: Towards Planetary Realizations

  • Ananta Kumar Giri
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Abstract

This inaugural chapter in our volume discusses the issue of cosmopolitanism and explores the multiverse of transformations that it is confronted with. It submits that cosmopolitanism is part of an ongoing process of cosmopolitanization. Cosmopolitization as an ongoing process of critique, creativity and border-crossing involves transformations in self, culture, society, economy and polity. It involves multidimensional processes of self-development, inclusion of the other and planetary realizations. In the field of self-development, cosmopolitanization involves development of a transcendental self, transnational citizenship and cultivation of our cosmic humanity. Cosmopolitanization, as inclusion of the other, builds upon contemporary strivings in economics, politics, religions and spiritual mobilizations embodying post-capitalist, post-national and post-religious spiritual formations. The chapter also discusses the issue of cosmopolitan responsibility and notes three major challenges here—realization of global justice; realization of ‘cross-species dignity’; and dialogue among civilizations, cultures, religions and traditions. It outlines the pathways of going beyond cosmopolitanism by striving for a post-colonial cosmopolis characterized by global justice, trans-civilizational dialogues and dignity for all.

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  • Ananta Kumar Giri
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  1. 1.Madras Institute of Development StudiesChennaiIndia

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