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On the fundamentals of the cosmopolitan social theory: a Hermeneutical-Sociological approach to cultural globalization

Grant number: 18/01178-1
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2018
Effective date (End): August 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Sociology - Other specific Sociologies
Principal researcher:Wagner Costa Ribeiro
Grantee:Estevão Mota Gomes Ribas Bosco
Supervisor abroad: Gerard Daniel Delanty
Home Institution: Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas (FFLCH). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Sussex (US), England  
Associated to the scholarship:16/14083-3 - Empirical-theoretical explorations on mundialization: cosmopolitanisms, experience and situation, BP.PD


The primary question addressed in this research proposal is whether or not the theory of communicative action (Habermas) grapples with the challenges to social theory posed by the experience of cultural globalization. It assumes that cultural globalization is a total sociological phenomenon which sheds light to the cultural diversity and the cultural entanglements among societies as immanent features of the human condition, both at the historical (diachrony) and present (synchrony) dimensions of our world experience. At the micro level, this is shown in the recent research on aesthetic-cultural cosmopolitanism as well as in selected quantitative and qualitative sociological research, postcolonial ethnographies and historiography. Based on this, I argue that the crescendum going from communicative action and strategic action, lifeworld and system, to the socio-moral and cognitive-technological evolutionary spheres, gives shape to a culturally endogenous concept of society, thereby preventing us from approaching the entanglements among societies, i.e. cultural globalization. I then formulate a hermeneutical-sociological hypothesis which claims that, when starting with Gadamer's hermeneutical preconditions of our world experience, we can outline a complementary perspective of Habermas' theory of communicative action. While never losing sight of the macro level, this perspective focuses on the entanglements among societies at the micro level and conceives the experience of cultural globalization as a hermeneutical one, its medium being a concept of intercultural understanding. The methodological approach is reconstruction and follows an empirical-theoretical deductive procedure. This research aims to contribute to the fundamentals of the cosmopolitan social theory project by introducing a hermeneutically based intercultural perspective. (AU)

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
BOSCO, ESTEVAO; HARRIS, NEAL. From sociology to social theory: Critical cosmopolitanism, modernity, and post-universalism. INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY, v. 35, n. 6, SI SEP 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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