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Cosmopolitan Animals asks what new probabilities and variations of cosmopolitanism can emerge by way of taking heavily our sharing and 'becoming-with' animals. It demands a clean knowledge that animals are vital avid gamers in cosmopolitics, and that worldliness is way from being a human monopoly.

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Cosmopolitan Animals

Cosmopolitan Animals asks what new chances and diversifications of cosmopolitanism can emerge via taking heavily our sharing and 'becoming-with' animals. It demands a clean know-how that animals are vital avid gamers in cosmopolitics, and that worldliness is much from being a human monopoly.

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The revelation which Attar’s birds receive is that there is ‘no cosmic overlord as such, so much as a transformed understanding of transcendence’ itself, with ‘ramifications for the impositions of human sovereignty on nature and any 12 Donna Landry assumptions of lordship over the universe’. The birds are given to realize that they themselves ‘are collectively what they seek, not in a simply secular or worldly sense (which would imply a pointless outcome to the quest), but rather in terms of the non-duality of the sacred’.

We can appeal to this concept in relation to the behaviour of some other animals too – but this is not to be taken literally, even if it is to be taken seriously. Is this interpretation or something like it unavoidable? Do the obvious differences between Man and bee rule out one saying that, when it comes to speaking about forms of association as ‘political’, Man and bee really are in their own ways equally political animals? There are bee associations and human associations – but in their own ways they really are both ‘political’ associations.

Here he was thinking of revulsion felt in the face of the unprecedented subjection of native peoples by colonial Europeans. He also stresses the importance of events which take a step towards realizing a collective cosmopolitan condition in which humanity would express its pure humanity. His example is the French Revolution of 1789 – a revolution made in the name of the rights of All (‘Man’), and not simply the rights of the French. In our time I think we are beginning to experience a new sense of cosmopolitan right – an experience in which the ‘pure humanity of Man’ is beginning to be expressed in the recognition or acknowledgement of a fellow feeling beyond d the human.

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