Toward a Global Thin Community: Nietzsche, Foucault, and the Cosmopolitan Commitment

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-12-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Toward a Global 'Thin' Community re-examines aspects of the liberal-communitarian debate. While critical of both traditions, this book argues that a coherent form of communitarianism is the only plausible option for citizens today. Using the theories of Friedrich Nietzsche and Michel Foucault, Olssen shows how we can overcome traditional problems with communitarianism by using an ethic of survival that he identifies in the writings of Nietzsche and others to provide a normative framework for twenty-first century politics at both national and global levels. 'œThin' communitarianism seeks to surmount traditional objections associated with Hegel and Marx, and to safeguard liberty and difference by applying a robust idea of democracy.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introduction: The 'Thin' Community and Liberalismp. 1
Two Thinkers
Nietzsche and the Philosophy of the Futurep. 21
Foucault as 'Thin' Communitarian: Difference, Community, Democracyp. 38
Assembling Normative Theory
A Post-Structuralist Approach to Communityp. 65
Toward a Social Theory of Practicep. 83
Life as Good and Badp. 102
Universalism, Cultural Pluralism, and the Ethics of the Futurep. 130
Toward a Global Thin Community
The Necessity of Co-Ordinationp. 161
Communitarian Cosmopolitanismp. 183
Toward a Global Thin Communityp. 209
Referencesp. 234
Indexp. 254
About the Authorp. 266
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