Cosmopolitan Civility

Global-Local Reflections with Fred Dallmayr

Edited by Ruth Abbey

Subjects: Political Theory, Political Philosophy, Postcolonial Studies
Paperback : 9781438477367, 214 pages, January 2021
Hardcover : 9781438477374, 214 pages, February 2020

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Table of contents

Editor's Introduction
Ruth Abbey

1. Philosophy of Hope
Edward Demenchonok

2. Fred Dallmayr's Spiritual Cosmopolitanism
Richard Falk

3. Anticipating Ethical Democracy in East Asia: Engaging with Fred Dallmayr
Sungmoon Kim

4. Toward a Mega-Humanism: Confucian Triadic Harmony for the Anthropocene
Chenyang Li

5. The Problem of Secularism: Rawls, Taylor, and Dallmayr
Ronald Beiner

6. Between Berlin and Königsberg: Toward a Global Community of Well-Disposed Human Beings
Herta Nagl-Docekal

7. Learning and Scholarship: Unearthing the Roots of Humanism and Cosmopolitanism in the Islamic Milieu
Asma Afsaruddin

8. Where to Explore the Political in Islamic Political Thought
Ahmet Okumuş

9. "Docta Ignorantia" and "Hishiryō": "The Inexpressible" in Cusanus, Dōgen, and Nishida
Michiko Yusa

10. Paradigms of the Perfect Human and the Possibility of a Global Ethos
Marietta Stepanyants

11. Upholding Our World and Regenerating Our Earth: Calling for a Planetary Lokasamgraha
Ananta Kumar Giri

12. Philosophy and the Colonial Difference Revisited
Walter D. Mignolo

13. Dallmayr's Reply to Contributors
Fred Dallmayr



Essays reflecting on the prolific, pioneering, and wide-ranging scholarship of Fred Dallmayr.


Prolific and pioneering, Fred Dallmayr has been an active scholar for over fifty years. His research interests include modern and contemporary political theory, hermeneutics, phenomenology, the Frankfurt School, continental political thought, democratic theory, multiculturalism, environmentalism, and cosmopolitanism. Dallmayr is also one of the founders of comparative political thought and his interest in non-Western political theory spans Chinese, Islamic, Indian, Buddhist, and Latin American traditions. In emulation of the vast interdisciplinary and international character of Dallmayr's work, this book draws upon senior and emerging scholars from an array of disciplines and countries, with essays that are philosophical (in the Western and non-Western traditions), cultural and/or political, and international. Dallmayr himself responds to the essays in a concluding chapter.

Ruth Abbey is Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Swinburne University, Australia. Her books include The Return of Feminist Liberalism and Nietzsche's Human, All too Human.


"This book is both unique and outstanding. In very few other volumes have I come across such cross-cultural, diverse, and high quality responses to an author's work. It is truly rare to find a volume that is so broad ranging and at the same time clearly and coherently organized, just as it is rare to find a scholar of Dallmayr's range and depth. He counts as one of the great humanists of our time, and this book is a richly merited tribute to him." — Joseph Prabhu, editor of The Intercultural Challenge of Raimon Panikkar