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Cosmopolitanism and the geographies of freedom
Harvey, David, 1935-

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New York : Columbia University Press, c2009.
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x, 339 p. ; 24 cm.
Wellek Library lectures in critical theory
pt. 1. Universal values -- Kant's anthropology and geography -- The postcolonial critique of liberal cosmopolitanism -- The flat world of neoliberal utopianism -- The new cosmopolitans -- The banality of geographical evils -- pt. 2. Geographical knowledges -- Geographical reason -- Spacetime and the world -- Places, regions, territories -- The nature of environment -- Epilogue: Geographical theory and the ruses of geographical reason.


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Liberty and freedom are frequently invoked to justify political action. Presidents as diverse as Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush have built their policies on some version of these noble values. Yet in practice, idealist agendas often turn sour as they confront specific circumstances on the ground. Demonstrated by incidents at Abu Ghraib and Guant√°namo Bay, the pursuit of liberty and freedom can lead to violence and repression, undermining our trust in universal theories of liberalism, neoliberalism, and cosmopolitanism.

Combining his passions for politics and geography, David Harvey charts a cosmopolitan order more appropriate to an emancipatory form of global governance. Political agendas tend to fail, he argues, because they ignore the complexities of geography. Incorporating geographical knowledge into the formation of social and political policy is therefore a necessary condition for genuine democracy.

Harvey begins with an insightful critique of the political uses of freedom and liberty, especially during the George W. Bush administration. Then, through an ontological investigation into geography's foundational concepts--space, place, and environment--he radically reframes geographical knowledge as a basis for social theory and political action. As Harvey makes clear, the cosmopolitanism that emerges is rooted in human experience rather than illusory ideals and brings us closer to achieving the liberation we seek.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Prologuep. 1
Part 1 Universal Valuesp. 15
1 Kant's Anthropology and Geographyp. 17
2 The Postcolonial Critique of Liberal Cosmopolitanismp. 37
3 The Flat World of Neoliberal Utopianismp. 51
4 The New Cosmopolitansp. 77
5 The Banality of Geographical Evilsp. 98
Part 2 Geographical Knowledgesp. 123
6 Geographical Reasonp. 125
7 Spacetime and the Worldp. 133
8 Places, Regions, Territoriesp. 166
9 The Nature of Environmentp. 202
Epilogue: Geographical Theory and the Ruses of Geographical Reasonp. 249
Notesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 309
Indexp. 325