Toward a Cosmopolitan Theology: Constructing Public Theology from the Future


in Planetary Loves

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780823233250
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240487 | DOI:

Series: Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquia

Toward a Cosmopolitan Theology: Constructing Public Theology               from the Future

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Cosmopolitanism can be an effective discourse with which to advocate a politics of a trans-identity of overlapping interests and heterogeneous or hybrid subjects in order to challenge conventional notions of exclusive belonging, identity, and citizenship, and to envision a planetary love through an ethical singularity aimed at a more peaceful and just world. Cosmopolitanism is a “stronger mobilizing discourse” that captures Spivak's call for a mind-changing love for the planet. This chapter is an effort to illuminate cosmopolitanism as a discourse that calls simultaneously for a planetary love through ethical singularity, in accordance with Spivak's notion, and for a radical neighborly love, in accordance with the Christian notion. As such, it is also an effort to articulate a cosmopolitan theological discourse, which can be a mobilizing discourse for a more just and egalitarian world regardless of who one is.

Keywords: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak; cosmopolitanism; planetary love; neighborly love

Chapter.  8931 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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