Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom (The Wellek Library Lectures)

Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom (The Wellek Library Lectures)

David Harvey


Liberty and freedom are usually invoked to justify political motion. Presidents as diversified as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush have equipped their regulations on a few model of those noble values. but in perform, idealist agendas usually flip bitter as they confront particular conditions at the floor. proven by way of incidents at Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay, the pursuit of liberty and freedom can result in violence and repression, undermining our belief in common theories of liberalism, neoliberalism, and cosmopolitanism.

Combining his passions for politics and geography, David Harvey charts a sophisticated order extra applicable to an emancipatory type of worldwide governance. Political agendas are likely to fail, he argues, simply because they forget about the complexities of geography. Incorporating geographical wisdom into the formation of social and political coverage is for this reason an important for actual democracy.

Harvey starts with an insightful critique of the political makes use of of freedom and liberty, in particular in the course of the George W. Bush management. Then, via an ontological research into geography's foundational concepts—space, position, and environment—he considerably reframes geographical wisdom as a foundation for social thought and political motion. As Harvey makes transparent, the cosmopolitanism that emerges is rooted in human adventure instead of illusory beliefs and brings us toward reaching the liberation we seek.

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