Philosophical Roots of Globalization and Philosophical Routes to Globalization

  • John MacLean
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At first sight, the title of this chapter might imply, at least to those familiar with such things, that what follows is a contribution to the debate about ‘globalization’ situated firmly in the arena of unbounded post-modern linguistic playfulness. This is not the case, although I will aim to give due weight to the ways in which the complex structure of language — including its potential forms — can both reflect and hide the complexity of concrete substantive circumstances in the world, without at the same time reducing complex social practices simply to their linguistic forms. What the title does attempt at the outset is first, to capture a deep ambiguity in the notion of the ‘philosophical roots’ of globalization, and second, to assert an important (albeit densely problematic) space for philosophy as already embedded within the concept and practices of globalization.


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