on 17 October 2008
This is a much needed product of serious new thought concerning living well in a united world. Very few civilizations have been totally isolated from the rest of mankind during the last millenniums. Today, the breath and depth of globalization of all aspects of human activities, from culture, arts and music to the economy, politics, and sports testify the unity of the world population and the need of an effective global government. Daniele Archibugi provides us with a well written, witty and gripping exposition in a clear language of how we could become cosmopolitan citizens in a peaceful and progressive democracy in united states of the world for the benefit of all. His treatise is thoroughly organized and rooted on a learned and pondered examination of the literature dating back to the greatest thinkers, from Immanuel Kant and William Ladd to Karl Popper and Robert Dahl, to name a few of them. Cosmopolitan feelings are perhaps harder to develop than democratic mentality. This is why this excellent book, published by the prestigious Princeton University Press, is particularly valuable for the rest of us.
Carlo Milana, a Research Director at ISAE, Rome, Italy
on 28 October 2008
The book of Daniele Archibugi is the most complete and systematic work on cosmopolitism. Archibugi succeds in building a model of world society that resists to the proof of realism, taking into account concrete and contemporary conditions of political life. His work is not another abstract consideration on moral virtues of a cosmopolitan and egalitarian world. He tells us how to start working for it and why. This essay is a powerful critique to contemporary democratic theory, since it underlines its contradictions. The most developed democracies are a peaceful place to be for their citizens but they get into machines of war and terror for the others. Only a revolution in the structures and means of participation and representation outside national borders can help us to get out of this terrible impasse