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Gillian RoseA Good Enough Justice$
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Kate Schick

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780748639847

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639847.001.0001

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Cosmopolitanism, Difference and Aporetic Universalism

Cosmopolitanism, Difference and Aporetic Universalism

(p.81) Chapter 4 Cosmopolitanism, Difference and Aporetic Universalism
Gillian Rose

Kate Schick

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter advocates Rose's aporetic universalism as an alternative approach to thinking about exclusion and the Other. Liberal cosmopolitanism advocates legal equality as a redress for exclusion; however, the focus on equal rights too often obscures difference and fosters further marginalisation. Postmodern thought promotes the celebration of difference to counter suppression of particularity; however, this too can work against understanding by reifying identities in rigid classification and failing to examine their relatedness to one another or their location in social and political structures. Aporetic universalism, in contrast, begins in the middle: it attends to the mismatch between liberal cosmopolitan promises and social and political actualities, insisting that we journey towards recognition of ourselves and of others. The journey towards recognition is firmly embedded in an understanding of law, broadly conceived: the web of practices and norms that foster recognition and misrecognition. It is also inherently risk-filled: the process of reflection on structures of misrecognition and our own complicities in structures of domination is deeply political.

Keywords:   Exclusion, Difference, Cosmopolitanism, The Other, Aporetic universalism, Recognition

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