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Ulrich Beck

The Cosmopolitan Perspective or: War is Peace

Ulrich Beck
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Ulrich Beck (1944 - 2015) was Professor of Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich from 1992 to 2009 and Principal Investigator of the ERC project: »Methodological Cosmopolitanism – In the Laboratory of Climate Change«. He was British Journal of Sociology Visiting Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics and a professor at the Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris. Among numerous other accolades and honours, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award – For Most Distinguished Contribution to Futures Research der International Sociological Association at the 2017 World Congress of Sociology in Yokohama.

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In his book Power and Countervailing Power in the Global Age, Ulrich Beck analysed the question and the dilemma of the legitimity of power in the global era. In his new publication, he questions the philosophical tradition of cosmopolitism in an empirical-analytical manner and thus comes to the following conclusion: the national-state-societies themselves are cosmopolitised into their very inner .

Cosmopolitism, ever since the Greek Ancient World, has been a controversially discussed idea of reason: - which did not prevent it from litterally being used by Hitler and Stalin as an argument for manslaughter. Whereas today we may say: Reality itself has become cosmopolitic, as an unforeseen social consequence of acting in the network of globalized risks. National states increasingly get exposed to a planetary interdependence and as such threatened by ecological, economical and terroristic risks; the separated worlds of developed and undeveloped nations are consequently bound together. - To the extent where this specific historical situation is taken up by the world, something historically new is developing: a cosmopolitan perspective, for humanity to perceive itself simultaneously as part of an endangered world and of its local histories and situations. This cosmopolitan perspective is sceptical, self-critical and deprived of any illusion - for the reason that it shows that in an era of interventions for Human Rights and the assertiveness of democracy, the boundaries of war and peace are becoming blurred: War is Peace.

Other publications

Das deutsche Europa/German Europe (2012)

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English world rights (Polity), Spanish world rights (Paidos), Chinese simplex rights (Tongji UP), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Paz e Terra), Arabic world rights (Al Kamel), France (Autrement), Italy (Laterza), Norway (Abstrakt), Korea (Dolbegae), Japan (Iwanami), Poland (PWN), Czech Republic (Filosofia), Hungary (Belvedere Meridoniale), Bulgaria (K&X), Serbia (Megatrend University), Greece (Patakis); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Portugal (Ediçoes 70)

Fernliebe/Love at a Distance (2011)

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English world rights (Polity), Spanish world rights (Paidós Ibérica), Chinese simplex rights (Peking UP), Arabic world rights (Al Kamel), Italy (Laterza), Korea (Saemulgyul), Japan (Iwanami Shoten), Poland (PWN), Czech Republic (Slon), Hungary (Belvedere Meridionale), Israel (Hakkibbutz Hameuchad)

Nachrichten aus der Weltinnenpolitik/Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil (2010)

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English world rights (Polity), Spanish world rights (Paidós Ibérica), Korea (Dodo), Japan (Hosei UP), Albania (Asdreni)

Der eigene Gott/The Personal God (2008)

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English world rights (Polity), Spanish world rights (Paidós Ibérica), Chinese simplex rights (Shanghai Translation Publishing House), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Tempo Brasileiro), Italy (Laterza), Korea (Ghil), Japan (Iwanami Shoten), Czech Republic (Karolinum Press), Slovenia (Studentska Zalozba)

Was ist Globalisierung?/What is Globalisation? (2007)

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English world rights (Polity Press), Spanish world rights (Paidós Ibérica), Catalan rights (Llibres de l'Index), Chinese complex rights (Commercial Press), Arabic world rights (Al Kamel), Italy (Carocci), Japan (Kokubunsha); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Chinese simplex rights (East China Normal UP), Russia (Progress Traditija), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Paz e Terra), Sweden (Daidalos), Norway (Abstrakt), Finnland (Vastapaino), Czech Republic (CDK Brno), Slovakia (Vydavatelstvo SSS), Hungary (Belvedere Meridionale), Bulgaria (Critique & Humanism), Romania (Editura Trei), Croatia (Vizura), Slovenia (Krtina), Greece (Kastaniotis), Macedonia (Terra Magika), Georgia (Elf)

Weltrisikogesellschaft/World Risk Society (2007)

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English world rights (Polity), Spanish world rights (Paidós Ibérica), Chinese simplex rights (Social Sciences Academic Press), Arabic world rights (National Centre for Translation), Italy (Laterza), Korea (Ghil), Poland (Scholar), Hungary (Belvedere Meridionale), Albania (Asdreni), Serbia (Akademska Knjiga)

Das ganz normale Chaos der Liebe/The Normal Chaos of Love (2005)

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English world rights (Polity), Spanish world rights (Paidós Ibérica), Chinese complex rights (New Century), Brazil (Vozes), Italy (Bollati Boringhieri), Korea (Saemulgyul), Poland (Lower Silesia Press), Slovenia (Ljubljana UP), Greece (Pedio), Turkey (Imge)

Das kosmopolitische Europa/Cosmopolitan Europe (2004)

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English world rights (Polity), Sweden (Daidalos), Poland (Scholar), Serbia (Megatrend UP), Israel (Hakibbutz Hameuchad); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Spanish world rights (Paidós Ibérica), Chinese simplex rights (East China Normal UP), France (Flamarion), Croatia (Skolska Knjiga)

Macht und Gegenmacht im globalen Zeitalter/Power in the Global Age (2002)

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English world rights (Polity Press), Spanish world rights (Paidós Ibérica), Chinese simplex rights (Guangxi Normal University), Russia (Progress Traditija), Arabic world rights (Librairie Orientale), France (Flammarion), Italy (Laterza), Denmark (Reitzels), Korea (Ghil), Japan (NTT Shuppan), Poland (Scholar), Czech Republic (Slon), Croatia (Skolska Kujiga), Serbia (Megatrend University), Turkey (Tavanarasi), Ukraine (Nika Center)

Risikogesellschaft/Risk Society (1986)

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English world rights (Sage), Spanish world rights (Paidós Ibérica), Chinese simplex rights (Yilin), Chinese complex rights (Chu Liu), Russia (Progress), Brazilian Portuguese rights (Editora 34), Arabic world rights (Librairie Orientale), France (Flammarion), Italy (Carocci), Denmark (Reitzels), Sweden (Daidalos), Korea (Saemulgyul), Japan (Hosei UP), Poland (Scholar), Czech Republic (Slon), Hungary (Szazadveg), Bulgaria (Critique&Humanism), Estonia (Tartu UP), Serbia (Filip Visnjic), Slovenia (Krtina), Greece (Pedio); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Turkey (Ithaki)