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Bonn Handbook of Globality

Ludger Kühnhardt/Tilman Mayer (eds.) Bonner Enzyklopädie der Globalität, Wiesbaden: Springer VS Verlag, 2017, 1627 Pages

Bonn Handbook of Globality

Bonner Enzyklopädie der Globalität

In the context of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Bonn University, more than one-hundred of its professors provide innovative interpretations of key concepts of social sciences and humanities in the age of globality. The Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University Bonn was founded in 1818 as a reform university contributing in many ways to the evolution of academic disciplines and scientific concepts. Under conditions of today’s global turn, most of its professors of human and social sciences discuss the meaning of key concepts of their respective fields. They ask to which extent traditional European definitions are still viable and in which way they need re-interpretation to reflect the meaning and effect of the current global turn. The Bonner Enzyklopädie der Globalität provides a comprehensive understanding of the ideational meaning of globalization. Key concepts and symbolizations reflecting all spheres of human life, used in the broad spectrum of social sciences and of humanities and mostly originating in European academic traditions, are discussed through the prism of their meaning under conditions of the global turn. All authors are professors in their respective academic field at the Rhenish Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn/Germany.


Table of Contents:

  • Understanding globality
  • Human development: freedom and education
  • Human communication: language and interaction
  • Technical appropriation of the world: property and labour
  • Aesthetic-practical appropriation of the world: art and culture
  • Public order: politics and law
  • Moral order and human mortality: ethics and religion
  • Shaping globality


The Bonner Enzyklopädie der Globalität is edited by Ludger Kühnhardt, Professor of Political Science and Director at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) at Bonn University, and Tilman Mayer, Professor of Political Theory, History of Ideas and Contemporary History at Bonn University in cooperation with Stephan Conermann, Markus Gabriel, Xuewu Gu, Marion Gymnich, Wolfram Hogrebe, Wolfram Kinzig, Wolfgang Kubin, Volker Ladenthin and Günther Schulz.

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