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What is Orientation in Global Thinking?
A Kantian Inquiry

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  • Publication planned for: March 2020
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108813051

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  • Starting from Kant's striking question 'What is orientation in thinking?', this book argues that the main challenge facing global normative theorising lies in its failure to acknowledge its conceptual inadequacies. We do not know how to reason globally; instead, we tend to apply our domestic political experiences to the global context. Katrin Flikschuh argues that we must develop a form of global reasoning that is sensitive to the variability of contexts: rather than trying to identify a uniquely shareable set of substantive principles, we need to appreciate and understand local reasons for action. Her original and incisive study shows how such reasoning can benefit from the open-ended nature of Kant's systematic but non-dogmatic philosophical thinking, and from reorientation from a domestic to a non-domestic frame of thought. It will appeal to all those interested in global moral issues, as well as to Kant scholars.

    • Puts forward a fresh approach to the idea of global justice, showing how neglected non-Western philosophical perspectives can contribute to global normative thinking
    • Presents a new way of engaging Kant's method of philosophical thinking in the global justice debate, challenging mainstream Kantianism
    • Explores how our global reasoning often fails as a result of its conceptual inadequacies, and how it must develop more awareness of local context without simply identifying a universal set of shared principles
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: March 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108813051
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from
  • Table of Contents

    1. Conceptual loss in global political thinking
    2. On the moral necessity of states
    3. Non-individualist 'innate right'
    4. Re-orienting normative global thinking
    5. Progress without history
    6. Human rights for ancestors?
    7. The state as a failed universal

  • Author

    Katrin Flikschuh, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Katrin Flikschuh is Professor of Modern Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of Kant and Modern Political Philosophy (Cambridge, 2000) and Freedom: Contemporary Liberal Perspectives (2007).

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