Postcolonial Reconstructions of Europe


August 2015, Prague


In a recent discussion of European cosmopolitanism, Jürgen Habermas – one of the most prominent and respected commentators on the question of Europe – has stated that “the universalist project of the political Enlightenment in no way contradicts the particularist sensibilities of multiculturalism, provided that the latter is understood in the correct way” (2009, 68). Of course, the proviso is precisely what is at issue: who defines what is the correct way? And, if its correctness is challenged, are those who do so placed in contradiction to the universalism of a European Enlightenment?

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