Events | Symposium | 6 June to 7 June 2012

Citizenship and the Good World

The Global Culture Project

In collaboration with the Agora Institute at Eastern University, the Institute’s Program on Culture, Capitalism, and Global Change co-sponsored a conference at the University of Virginia on June 6–7, 2012. The purpose of this symposium was to examine the question of citizenship in a global age. More specifically, it was to assemble scholars representing different disciplines and diverse ideological traditions to reason together about the common challenges and dilemmas facing any coherent understanding or practice of citizenship in a global age. It sought to be a forum, moreover, where divergent perspectives could offer their best constructive accounts for addressing the common challenges and dilemmas we face as citizens.

Discussion was organized around three cross-cutting dimensions of the problem of the good world: (a) the anthropological dimension—dilemmas surrounding whether and how humanity can constitute anything close to a unified and coherent moral community; (b) the ecological dimension—dilemmas surrounding the impact of human action on the planet; and (c) the cosmological dimension—dilemmas surrounding how we make sense of and manage the human condition in history.

Participating scholars included:

Panel I: The Anthropological Dimension: Citizenship and the Problem of Responsibility for Humanity

Moderator
Jeff Dill
Sociology, Agora Institute/Eastern University

Civic and Human Excellence in the Age of Humanity
Daniel Doneson
Politics, University of Virginia

Making Humanity Possible: Two Roles for the Nation-State in a Global Era
Johann Neem
History, Western Washington University

‘Craving for Extraordinary Incident’: Humanitarian NCOs, Portrayals, and the Paradox of Moral Motivation
Jennifer Rubenstein
Politics, University of Virginia

Discussant
Patrick Deneen
Government, Georgetown University

Panel II: The Ecological Dimension: Citizenship and the Problem of Responsibility for the Planet

Moderator
R. J. Snell
Philospohy, Agora Institute/Eastern University

Conceptions of Environmental Responsibility in a Global Era: A Historical Perspective
Stephen Macekura
History, University of Virginia

Citizenship in the Anthropocene
Andrew Light
Philosophy and Public Policy, George Mason University, and Director of International Climate Policy at the Center for American Progress

The Libation Bearers’: Reflections on Risk and Responsibility in Global Environmental Governance
Noah Toly
Urban Studies, Politics, and International Relations, Wheaton College

Discussant
Benjamin Cohen
Environmental History and Engineering Studies, Lafayette College

Panel III: The Cosmological Dimension: Citizenship and the Problem of Responsibility for History

Moderator
Slava Jakelic
Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Origins of Anthropodicy: The Critique of the Sublime
Ned O’Gorman
Communications, Illinois

Lost in Translation? On the Sources of Human Action from Kant to Ratzinger
Chad Wellmon
German Studies, University of Virginia

A Cosmic Citizenship? The Abrahamic and the Anthropocene Cosmopolitanisms
Chuck Mathewes
Religious Studies, University of Virginia

Discussant
Frank Lechner
Sociology, Emory University

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