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The Notion of Universal Civilization: One End for All?

The Notion of Universal Civilization: One End for All?

Chapter:
(p.77) 4 The Notion of Universal Civilization: One End for All?
Source:
The Empire of Civilization
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226068169.003.0004

This chapter discusses the notion of the universal history of civilization, examining what is meant by the notion of universal civilization and what it is that is said to be universal across civilizations and within civilization. It investigates how universal civilization is expected to come about, and evaluates competing claims about the most effective way of organizing and governing peoples. The chapter also considers the issues of the international society of states, the ideology of cosmopolitanism, and democratic syllogism.

Keywords:   civilization, universal history, governing peoples, society of states, cosmopolitanism, democratic syllogism

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