Democracy in an Age of Globalisation by Otfried HÖffe, Darrel Moellendorf, Thomas Pogge (eds.) PDF

By Otfried HÖffe, Darrel Moellendorf, Thomas Pogge (eds.)

ISBN-10: 1402056605

ISBN-13: 9781402056604

ISBN-10: 1402056621

ISBN-13: 9781402056628

In Democracy in an Age of Globalisation, Otfried Höffe develops a accomplished research of the calls for, which the method of globalization exerts at the political firms of humanity.

The writer begins from a analysis of the method of globalisation and frees its thought from its economistic narrowing: Globalisation is a complete approach which places new traces at the economies and political platforms of the area, the cultural and social constructions of peoples. The scope of its demanding situations calls for options, which go beyond the powers of the classical geographical region. The query crucial to the publication may be formulated as follows: "How can the social, ethical and felony achievements of the geographical region be retained whereas its constitution is reshaped to fulfill the necessities of a globalised world?"

"Against grass-roots communitarianism in addition to opposed to intellectual globalism, the writer chooses the realisation of a multilevel international republic that performs the position of an example of negotiation and cost. He respects cultural particularities and nationwide characters, whereas looking at while the commandments of the realm social agreement that governs the kinfolk among the states and their citizens." Ludger Heidebrink, Die Zeit

"’Democracy…’ is a wary precision-work. it's a daring, although conscientiously arguing booklet that doesn't care for lower than the legitimacy and the most features of a destiny international republic. […] Höffe’s amazing ebook represents an important contribution to crucial questions requested through the start of the recent century that's characterized via ‘globalisation’." Georg Kohler, NZZ

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An exchange cannot be just if someone is being taken advantage of because of their plight, pressured, or deceived in fundamental aspects of the exchange, nor if that which is exchanged (intentionally or not) turns out to differ greatly in value. Exchanging alcohol for entire estates is hardly just; and it is most definitely unjust to sell one’s own freedom or that of one’s children or 32 CHAPTER 2 grandchildren for a little ‘firewater’. Transcendental exchanges do away with such problems. In the case of the universal interest, free consent, understood here as the consent-worthiness mentioned earlier, is a given just as is the equitable value of that which is exchanged.

Whatever the actual advantage may be, it has to be of benefit to each and everyone. That way legitimatory individualism fulfils the ‘formula of Humanity as an end in itself’ stipulated by Kant’s categorical imperative (Groundwork, sec. 2, IV 429/79). Unlike the exploitation of Man by Man that looms over utilitarianism, no one is reduced to becoming a means to someone else’s end; everyone counts as a CONSENT OUT OF ADVANTAGE 27 unique person. Even those who are not able to give consent – infants, some elderly and the severely incapacitated – count as ends in themselves and are bearers of the corresponding rights (see also ch.

As conditions of agency, these provisos are not located in universal empirical facts but in interests of a logically higher order. They are derived from a theory of agency that is based on the conditions of the capacity to act and, in so far as possible, on a transcendental theory of agency; they can be called – relatively – transcendental interests. As we know about the capacity to act only from human beings, we can associate these interests with a new type of transcendental anthropology: a doctrine of humankind that is concerned with neither the particularities of a biological species, such as an upright walk, imperfection and restlessness, nor with the diverse ways of becoming an accomplished human being, such as science, art, friendship, generosity and love.

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