Citizen of the World: Peter Kemp and the Hermeneutics of the Cosmopolitan Self

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Abstract

This text is dedicated to the memory of Peter Kemp (1937–2018) and his later philosophical project cultivating citizens of the world as a response to globalization. Inspired by Grundtvig, he developed world-citizenship from a post-post-national perspective, combining the aim for the equality of the people with equality of all mankind. In this presentation, Kemp is recognized as a “struggling” philosopher according to Ricoeur’s critical hermeneutics. As a horizon of understanding, the author brings in a discussion on the anthropological deficit of the new competition state (Ove Kaj Pedersen), generated by the shift from a moral determination of the self to an opportunistic economic man wholly motivated by self-interest and utility maximization. Conclusively, it is being argued that Kemp’s way of introducing Ricoeur into the field of education, by transforming his hermeneutics of the self into a hermeneutics of the cosmopolitan self, has simultaneously revealed how much Ricoeur is a profound universalistic thinker.
Translated title of the contributionVärldsmedborgaren: Peter Kemp och det kosmopolitiska självets hermeneutik
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalEco-ethica
Volume9/2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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