Ulrich Beck's cosmopolitanisation thesis : a philosophical critique

Leahy, Michael 2013, Ulrich Beck's cosmopolitanisation thesis : a philosophical critique, Australian journal of political science, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 152-163, doi: 10.1080/10361146.2013.781115.

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Title Ulrich Beck's cosmopolitanisation thesis : a philosophical critique
Author(s) Leahy, Michael
Journal name Australian journal of political science
Volume number 48
Issue number 2
Start page 152
End page 163
Total pages 11
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1036-1146
Keyword(s) cosmopolitanisation
religious exclusivism
Summary For Ulrich Beck, the Enlightenment project aimed to subordinate religious truth to the authority of reason in questions of the true and the good, and thus to replace religious conflict with peace. Although the ‘First Modernity’ delivered risks like climate change rather than progress like peace, Beck discerns signs of hope for the Enlightenment project in the processes of individualisation and cosmopolitanisation. I argue, first, that Beck exaggerates his claims about the relative influence of tradition on religion and reason; second, that his cosmopolitanisation thesis fails to identify triggers for a paradigm conversion; third, that the thesis relies upon essentialist commitments of the kind he condemns; and finally, that only the classicist view of essentialism is vulnerable to his attack.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10361146.2013.781115
Field of Research 229999 Philosophy and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30054829

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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