Lecture: the Political Consequences of Cosmopolitanism on April 19
at Domus Dorpatensis, Ülikooli 7, on Tuesday, April 19 at 16:15.
Everyone interested is invited to attend.
Dr Dower would also be very happy to meet lecturers or students interested in cosmopolitanism. For arranging a meeting with Dr Dower please contact Eva Piirimäe eva.piirimae [ät] ut.ee.
Hope to see many of you in the lecture!
Dr Nigel Dower is Honorary Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Aberdeen and Academic Consultant (t/a Cosmopolitan Agendas). He joined the University of Aberdeen in 1967 where he taught until 2004, except for three years teaching Philosophy in Zimbabwe (1983-86) and five months as Gillespie Visiting Professor, College of Wooster, Ohio in 2000.
He was Head of Department from 1996-1999 and 2000-2001. In June 2004 he took early retirement in order to pursue his interests in exploring ethics in a globalised world through teaching, lectures, writing and consultancy. He was visiting Professor in the University of Akureyri, Iceland in Sept-October 2004, and Visiting Professor in Colorado State University, Fort Collins January-May 2006.
Dr. Dower is the author of World Poverty Challenge and Response, Ebor Press, York, 1983;
World Ethics: The New Agenda, Edinburgh University Press, 1998;
An Introduction to Global Citizenship, Edinburgh University Press, 2003 and
The Ethics of War and Peace: Cosmopolitan and Other Perspectives, Cambridge: Polity, 2009 and
has edited Ethics and Environmental Responsibility, Gower Publishing, 1989 and Global Citizenship - A Critical Reader, edited by Nigel Dower and John Williams, Edinburgh University Press, 2002.
More information about Dr Dower at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/philosophy/staff/details.php?id=n.dower
Abstract of the lecture in Tartu
In this lecture I explore three ways of interpreting the consequences of cosmopolitanism for political theory and practice. The first two concern the consequences for a particular thinker adopting a cosmopolitan position: what, if I am a cosmopolitan, do I advocate in respect to politics?
As an ethical cosmopolitan I may advocate as an empirical consequence certain political formations (institutions/practices);
as a political cosmopolitan I may advocate certain formations as conceptually required.
The third concerns the perspective of someone engaged in political action or thought who may not herself be a cosmopolitan, but needs to take into account the rise of cosmopolitan consciousness as a fact about globalisation that has to be reckoned with.
Dr Dower is in Tartu as a guest of the University of Tartu Institute of Government and Politics. The lecture is organised and moderated by Dr Eva Piirimäe, Senior Research Fellow of Political Philosophy at the Institute of Government and Politics.