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Pradip Kumar Datta, Sanjay Palshikar, and Achin Vanaik

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198082224

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082224.001.0001

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A Review of Literature in Indian Political Thought

(p.150) 5 Cosmopolitanism
Political Science

Mohinder Singh

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the limitations of ‘universalist’ cosmopolitanism and offers an alternative in the form of a so-called postcolonial cosmopolitanism. It also considers a novel form of comparativism where the Western and the non-Western texts and ideas will be equal partners in intellectual search. This chapter also highlights the importance of cosmopolitanism studies in providing a better understanding of how the intellectual, cultural, and economic contests between the powerful and the subaltern inflect and are inflected by alternative spatial frames.

Keywords:   Indian political thought, universalist cosmopolitanism, postcolonial cosmopolitanism, comparativism, intellectual search, economic contests

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