Cosmopolitanism, the Cognitive Order of Modernity, and Conflicting Models of World Openness: On the Prospects of Collective Learning

  • Piet Strydom


This chapter focuses on contemporary cosmopolitanism from the viewpoint of critical social science. In distinction to the predominant approaches, it adopts a cognitive perspective that operates with a basic distinction between the usually conflated cognitive and normative orders. It argues that cosmopolitanism is a meta-cultural principle that emerged from social practices and the development of society that allows competing collective actors to form different cultural models of world openness. Accordingly, it analyses the competing and conflicting relations between actors that are generating the emerging world society and explores the possibility of learning processes required for the attainment of a global cosmopolitan order.


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