9780739138434

Beyond Blood Identities

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  • ISBN13:

    9780739138434

  • ISBN10:

    073913843X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-10-28
  • Publisher: Lexington Books

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Summary

In this highly original work, Jason D. Hill argues that strong racial, ethnic, and national identities function according to a separatist logic that does irreparable damage to our moral lives. Drawing on scholarship in philosophy, sociology, and cultural anthropology, the author boldly develops a new version of cosmopolitanism he coins posthuman cosmopolitanism, according to which only individual persons-not cultures, races, or ethnic groups-are the bearers of rights and the possessors of an inviolable status worthy of respect. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Jason D. Hill is associate professor of philosophy at De Paul University in Chicago. He is the author of Becoming a Cosmopolitan: What it Means to Be Human in the New Millennium (2000).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Moral Reasoning from a Cosmopolitan Perspective: The Problem of Culturep. 19
Culturalism and Moral Reasoningp. 19
Toward a Moral Conceptual Base of Culturep. 35
Cosmopolitanism: A Definition and the Question of Tolerancep. 45
Who Owns Culture? A Moral Cosmopolitan Inquiryp. 57
Culture-Faith: The Mystification of Cultutep. 57
Culture-Faith Applied: Cultural Privacy and the Ownership of Native Culturep. 65
Counterarguments against Applied Culture Faith: The Right to Cultural Privacyp. 72
Representation without Authorizationp. 75
Who Has the Right to Speak for Whom?p. 78
Ethnocide or Culture Killings: Is It So Bad?p. 81
Dismantling the Tribes from Within: Modernization and the Capabilities Approachp. 90
Moral Culture Is Public Culture: Cosmopolitanism and Culture Warfarep. 107
Sylvia Plath: "Daddy" and the Creation of Moral Culturep. 108
Moral Incommensurability and the Clash of Culturesp. 115
The Anatomy of Antiassimilationism and the Logic of Contagionp. 120
The Cult of Death and the Worship of Ancestry: The Genesis of Group Narcissismp. 126
The Psychopathology of Tribalismp. 137
The Tribalist as Moral Appropriatorp. 137
Symbolic Ethnicityp. 140
Ethnic versus Ethnic: The Problem of Definitionp. 144
Tribalism, Untouchability, and Human Slimep. 150
The Art of Symbolic Necrophiliap. 155
Imagistic and Emblematic Representations: Tribal Epistemology and the Impossibility of Knowing the Otherp. 160
Moral Masochism and Black Identity: A Tragic Talep. 166
Jim in Africap. 171
Theorizing Posthumanity: Radical Inclusion, Jews as the Chosen People, and the Identity Politics of St. Paulp. 177
Laissez-Faire Existential Engagement
Posthuman in the Flesh: Jews and the Fragility of Chosennessp. 188
How God Became a Cosmopolitanp. 193
The Identity Politics of St. Paulp. 205
Appendix:Conscientious Objections to Cosmopolitanism: A Responsep. 215
Bibliographyp. 237
Indexp. 243
About the Authorp. 251
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