Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity When We Should Not Get Along

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-07-11
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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In Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity, Jason Hill attempts to apply general cosmopolitan humanist moral intuitions and democratic political beliefs to certain clearly perceived wrongs that have otherwise been ignored, by providing criteria for when it is necessary to break the peace and become a moral insurrectionist. Hill identifies precisely what we should not get along with: the Islamic burka, the anti-gay marriage movement, anti-assimilationism and xenophobia, and multiculturalism and the politics of identity for the collusion with cultural, racial, and ethnic apartheid. At the end of each chapter Hill provides a comprehensive and sweeping antidote to each of the political and moral maladies he identifies as contentious norms, mores, and institutional phenomena no civilized society should get along with. Provocative and accessible, Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity is critical reading for scholars of political theory, social philosophy, and ethics.

Author Biography

Jason D. Hill is an internationally renowned leading scholar in the field of strong moral and political cosmopolitanism. He is Professor of Philosophy at De Paul University and the author of two previous books: Becoming a Cosmopolitan: What it means to be a Human Being in the New Millennium (2000); and Beyond Blood Identities: Post Humanity in the 21st Century (2009). He is writing a book on a cosmopolitan and political conception of friendship.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Why We Should Try to Get Along Before Not Getting Along: Cosmopolitanism, Moral Clarity and Reasonable Disagreements
2. Leave My Genitals Alone: Same-Sex Marriage and the Nature of Moral Values
3. Hiding from Humanity: The Burka, the Face and the Annihilation of Human Identity
4. Anti-Assimilationism, Xenophobia, Misanthropy and the Logic of Contagion
5. Multiculturalism and Its Collusion with Racial and Ethnic Apartheid:
6. Educational Multiculturalism and Epistemological Counterculturalism: Towards a Moral De-Ratification of Their Agenda (Part II)

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