Global Fragments offers an innovative analysis of globalization that aims to circumvent the sterile dichotomies that either praise or demonize globalization. Eduardo Mendieta applies an interdisciplinary approach to one of the most fundamental experiences of globalization: the mega-urbanization of humanity. The claim that globalization unsettles our epistemic maps of the world is tested against a study of Latin America. Mendieta also recontextualizes the work of three major theorists of globalization--Enrique Dussel, Cornel West, and Jurgen Habermas--to show how their thinking reflects engagement with central problems of globalization and, conversely, how globalization itself is exemplified through the reception of their work. Beyond the epistemic hubris of social theories that seek to accept or reject a globalized world, Mendieta calls for a dialogic cosmopolitanism that departs from the mutuality of teaching and learning in a world that is global but not totalized.
About the Author
Eduardo Mendieta is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. He is the author of The Adventures of Transcendental Philosophy: Karl-Otto Apel's Semiotics and Discourse Ethics and the editor of Take Care of Freedom and Truth Will Take Care of Itself: Interviews with Richard Rorty.