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

1st Edition

Mark Olssen

Routledge
Published May 30, 2010
Textbook - 276 Pages
ISBN 9781594514470 - CAT# Y222821

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Summary

"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. "Thin" communitarianism seeks to surmount traditional objections associated with Hegel and Marx, and to safeguard liberty and difference by applying a robust idea of democracy."

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