Politics and International Relations Seminar Series on Political Alienation

Date/Time: Wed 26 Apr / 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: N402 Meeting Room, Building 11, Clayton Campus


In the face of the hardline approach to asylum seekers currently being taken by both the major political parties in Australia, alienated cosmopolitans have been increasingly inclined to dis-identify with the Australian nation and declare not in my name. Although sympathetic both to the cosmopolitan position and to these acts of principled dissent, I express reservations about such an approach on the grounds that it distances the cosmopolitan elite from the democratic mass and inclines towards irresponsibility. Drawing on Socrates as an exemplar, I investigate how citizens with cosmopolitan sensibilities might resist injustice on universal moral grounds without being either condemned by or exiled from their local political community. Ultimately, I argue in favour of an embedded cosmopolitanism that engages critically with the political ethos and calls citizens to take responsibility for protecting the state in its ideal image.

For Further Information contact: Paul Muldoon  99052972

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