Dialogue and the New Cosmopolitanism: Conversations with Edward Demenchonok stands in opposition to the doctrine that might makes right and that the purpose of politics is to establish domination over others rather than justice and the good life for all. In the pursuit of the latter goal, the book stresses the importance of dialogue with participants who take seriously the views and interests of others and who seek to reach a fair solution. In this sense, the book supports the idea of cosmopolitanism, which—by contrast to empire—involves multi-lateral cooperation and thus the quest for a just cosmopolis. The international contributors to this volume, with their varied perspectives, are all committed to this same quest. Edited by Fred Dallmayr, the chapters take the form of conversations with Edward Demenchonok, a well-known practitioner of international and cross-cultural philosophy. The conversations are structured in parts that stress the philosophical, anthropological, cultural, and ethical dimensions of global dialogue. In our conflicted world, it is inspiring to find so many authors from different places agreeing on a shared vision.
Fred R. Dallmayr is professor emeritus of political science and philosophy at the University of Notre Dame.
Fred R. Dallmayr
Part 1. Intercultural Dialogue: Theory and Practice
Chapter 1. Justice, Power, and Dialogue: Humanizing Politics
Chapter 2. Toward a Philosophy of Intercultural Dialogue in a Conflicted World
Chapter 3. The Quest for Dialogue and Intercultural Philosophy
Vasily Gritsenko and Tatiana Danilchenko
Part 2. Philosophers Striving for the Recognition of Cultural Diversity and Dialogue
Chapter 4. Striving for Intercultural Philosophy: The Contribution of Russian Philosophers
Marietta T. Stepanyants
Chapter 5. Intercultural Dialogue, Critical Thinking, and Global Political Facticity
Chapter 6. Understanding the Authentic and Universal in Latin American Philosophy: Edward Demenchonok’s Intercultural Approach
Chapter 7. Abya Yala as a Philosophical Place: Indigenous Philosophies and the Pending Task of the Decolonization of Philosophy
Part 3. Humans and Identity in a Culturally Diverse World
Chapter 8. Philosophical Reflections on Humans, Identity, and Intercultural Dialogue
Vladislav A. Lektorsky
Chapter 9. Sartre and Heidegger: The Controversy on Humanism and the Question of the Human
Marina F. Bykova
Chapter 10. The Voice of Religion in Intercultural Dialogue
Igor D. Dzhokhadse
Part 4. Rationality, Freedom, and Responsibility
Chapter 11. Rationality, Harmony, and Responsibility
Grigorii L. Tulchinskii
Chapter 12. Being and Process: How to “Edify” “Arab Reason” (And Any Reason at All)
Andrey V. Smirnov
Chapter 13. Occam’s Razor and Axiomatics of Human Experience: The Problem of the Reduction/Proliferation of Entities in the Contemporary Context
Mikhail N. Epstein
Part 5. Philosophy Facing World Problems
Chapter 14. The Diverse Faces of Globalization
William L. McBride
Chapter 15. Philosophers’ Contributions to the Theory and Practice of Dialogue in Facing Global Problems
Alexander N. Chumakov
Part 6. Toward a Cosmopolitan World Order of Lasting Peace and Global Justice
Chapter 16. Dialogical and Transformative Cosmopolitanism to Come
Sergei V. Akopov
Chapter 17. The Realities of the War System and the Ideal of Global Justice: The Role of Public Discourse and the Vision of Cosmopolitanism
Chapter 18. In Praise of Edward Demenchonok: A Cosmopolitan Visionary
Appendix. Latin American and Russian Philosophy and Literature in Dialogue: Raúl Fornet-Betancourt’s Conversation with Edward Demenchonok
It is hard to exaggerate how wide ranging and free roaming this collection is. Its rich diversity is inspired by the example of its dedicatee, Edward Demenchonok, and his enduring fascination with Latin America. Across these pages readers encounter a panoply of figures from western philosophy, theology and literature, in addition to those from Latin American and Russian cultural traditions. With regard to the latter, appeals to Mikhail Bakhtin in particular recur. This volume models the intercultural and interdisciplinary engagement and dialogue it valorizes. It ends where it could just as easily begin, with a long and informative interview with Demenchonok.
In this cross-cultural and prescient book, Fred Dallmayr brings together prominent philosophers from different countries, united by their commitment to global peace and justice, to explore the conditions for what Edward Demenchonok calls a dialogical and transformative “new cosmopolitanism” as a viable alternative to both hegemonic militarized globalization and ethnocentric-fundamentalist fragmentation. It is a truly inspiring source of insights for anyone still trying to find grounds for hope in our deeply troubled world.
This volume is a fascinating intellectual tour de force, an amazing dialogical encounter at multiple levels in the spirit of Dallmayr’s dialogical vision of a new cosmopolitanism à venir: The occasion of a Festschriften celebrating the intellectual journey of Edward Demenchonok reveals to the reader the amazing —almost forgotten but still fertile—intercultural philosophical dialogue between Russian and Latin American thought and opens new cultural-political paths to be explored in search for a peaceful multicultural world order.
These conversations with Edward Demenchonok have resulted in an impressive kaleidoscope of perspectives on intercultural dialogue and peace. This book is important reading for all who are concerned about the future of cosmopolitanism in a world that again risks being divided along ideological and sectarian lines.