“Globalization as a Metonymy for the Universal,” By Paul Ghils

014_12AThe notions, concepts and terms implied by “humanitarian,” “human” and “humanity” are frequently posited as fundamental and predicated on universal values. However, they also imply their construction through cultural, historical and religious frameworks, as well as agreed norms taken as constituting the universal. Attempts to relativize such concepts in a pre-cosmopolitan ordering through diverse interpretations clash with the koinê of human sciences, the ideological consensuses and the mythical background of contemporary globalization. Proceeding beyond the cultural mores, religious traditions and historical roots of universal/universalizable concepts requires a renewed, transcultural examination of their foundation and a fresh look at humanitarian praxis.

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