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Planetary LovesSpivak, Postcoloniality, and Theology$
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Stephen D. Moore and Mayra Rivera

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233250

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823233250.001.0001

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Toward a Cosmopolitan Theology: Constructing Public Theology from the Future

Toward a Cosmopolitan Theology: Constructing Public Theology from the Future

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Cosmopolitanism can be an effective discourse with which to advocate a politics of a trans-identity of overlapping interests and heterogeneous or hybrid subjects in order to challenge conventional notions of exclusive belonging, identity, and citizenship, and to envision a planetary love through an ethical singularity aimed at a more peaceful and just world. Cosmopolitanism is a “stronger mobilizing discourse” that captures Spivak's call for a mind-changing love for the planet. This chapter is an effort to illuminate cosmopolitanism as a discourse that calls simultaneously for a planetary love through ethical singularity, in accordance with Spivak's notion, and for a radical neighborly love, in accordance with the Christian notion. As such, it is also an effort to articulate a cosmopolitan theological discourse, which can be a mobilizing discourse for a more just and egalitarian world regardless of who one is.

Keywords:   Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, cosmopolitanism, planetary love, neighborly love

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