Clash or kiss of peace between civilizations? Reflections on cosmopolitanism?

The essay first distinguishes the positive sense of cosmopolitanism from exist other concepts of cosmopolitanism. It explores whether global peace and cosmopolitanism are merely big illusions. Doing so, it examines S. Huntington’s view on clash of civilizations. It then demonstrates: a) there is no such necessity of a clash of civilizations; and b) Huntington’s various arguments for his thesis cannot stand and cannot refute cosmopolitanism and peaceful coexistence of humanity. It further indicates that a cosmopolitan spirit and peace presuppose consensus on some basic truths, values and rights summarized in the charter of basic human rights and in the “golden rule.”


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