Critical Rationalism and Globalisation : Towards the Sociology of the Open Global Society
This book employs critical rationalism to formulate a sociological theory of globalisation. It internalizes critical rationalist epistemology in the human action model that operates as micro-foundation of macro-sociological theories. The author develops the theory of the sociology of the open global society, and applies this to:
- Provide a new sociological analysis of contemporary globalisation, describing it as a liberal-capitalist globality in which the struggle for political power has been superseded with the competition for economic interests.
- Criticize the existing globalisation because it organizes people across the world according to economic competition as opposed to dialogue and cooperation.
- Introduce an alternative globalisation by exploring how a rational dialogue among world civilizations can transform liberal-capitalist globality into an open global society of free and equal citizens.
The author demonstrates people's access to critical rationality enables them to open their own fundamental beliefs to mutual criticism. Such an epistemic openness logically enforces them to agree over a set of globally shared values, centered on the global ethics of openness to criticism. The global ethics urges people to establish social institutions of an open global society.
This book will be of interest to students and scholars of Globalization Studies, Global Sociology and International Relations.