Dialogue and the New Cosmopolitanism. Conversations with Edward Demenchonok
As has often been observed, the basic ideas or guiding principles of politics are today in disarray. To a considerable extent, this fact is due to an ongoing “paradigm shift,” that is, a shift from the modern accent on egocentrism and
state-centrism to a dawning perspective called “postmodernity” or postindividualism. Reflection on this shift is the overall theme of the present study, discussed from a variety of angles and viewpoints. Under the influence of chauvinistic populism and elitist neo-liberalism our world tends to resemble a Hobbesian “state of nature” and relentless “war of all against all.” The presence of militarized hegemonies coupled with the danger of nuclear proliferation threatens the future of global humanity. Thus, we seem to have entered or are pushed into a new historical period marked by new challenges and horizons.