GLOBALIZATION AND COSMOPOLITANISM (Deadline for paper submissions: December 20, 2020)

The end of the cold war was marked by the advent of the phenomenon of globalization. Theoretical reflection on the theme has pointed out its main consequences: the growing interdependence of flows and entities on a global scale, in a world where everything happens in increasingly synchronous spaces and times, the dissolution of identity ties, the phenomenon of the “liquid society”, but also identity reactions of conflicting political sign.

With globalization, the ideas of cosmopolitanism have seen a new increase. They are associated with such claims as “world citizenship” (inherited from Greek stoicism), enlightened citizenship, a just and peaceful world order, free movement of persons and goods, among many others. It is understandable that peoples' imagination, in the international climate of hope fostered by the end of the cold war, felt the attraction of these ideas. In a world hitherto marked by the confrontation of rival ideologies and economic systems, but also by aggressive nationalisms of various types, that was trying to be freed from this situation, the ideas of globalization and cosmopolitanism appeared naturally associated.

These two ideas, however, have a different genesis and are not naturally associated. The naivety that underlies this association results from an interpretation of the phenomenon of globalization disconnected from understanding its economic nature and the interests that are associated with it. Actually, globalization, as it has in fact happened since the beginning of the 1990s, has been in close connection with the process of affirming neo-liberal capitalism and of deregulation of financial markets, the consequences of which only the recent crises have really uncovered. Cosmopolitan ideas, on the other hand, especially as they were formulated in the 18th century as a reflection of the ideals of the Enlightenment, seem to ignore this economic component of the world order and the inequalities or asymmetries that it can bring about. Recently, new challenges have emerged for a cosmopolitan point of view, with the emergence of global risks, such as climate change and pandemic crises: a situation that questions the autonomy of national states, in those cases where the risks associated with an activity inside national boundaries may be “exported” to neighbor states.


However, as the two concepts actually intersect, a reevaluation of their meaning becomes essential. In order to reflect approximations and tensions between globalization and cosmopolitanism today, the IJPSV launches a call for articles for its number III / 1, addressing, among others, the following themes:

  1. Origin of the concepts of cosmopolitanism and globalization.
  2. Global governance and the common good.
  3. Globalization, cosmopolitanism and climate change.
  4. Global policies and ecological awareness.
  5. Cosmopolitanism and global risks.
  6. Global citizenship and collective responsibility.
  7. Cosmopolitanism and postmodern condition.
  8. Cosmopolitanism, globalism and “end of history” doctrines.
  9. Cosmopolitanism and anti-cosmopolitanism.
  10. Contemporary globalization theorists.