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Which world order: cosmopolitan or multipolar?

Mouffe, Chantal (2008) Which world order: cosmopolitan or multipolar? Ethical Perspectives, 15 (4). pp. 453-467. ISSN 1370-0049


Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2143/EP.15.4.2034391


Chantal Mouffe, in her contribution "Which world order: Cosmopolitan or multipolar?", argues that the universality of democracy and human rights, as we understand them, is all too often taken for granted. Western politicians and political thinkers alike see it as an all-or-nothing matter: democracy and human rights are to be literally adopted, in the very same way as they are known in Western Europe or North America. All deviations from this model are by definition morally suspect. They thereby overlook the fact that other societies might have developed institutions that are dissimilar to the ones we know, but that are similar in the degree to which they respect human dignity and create social justice. In other words, they fail to imagine that the "good regime" might come in different forms and versions.

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Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
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Deposited On:29 Apr 2009 10:12
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