HomeΦιλοσοφια: International Journal of Philosophyvol. 19 no. 2 (2018)

Eddy M. Souffrant, ed. A Future Without Borders? Theories and Practices of Cosmopolitan Peacebuilding

Adrian V Remodo



What is the future of the idea of “nation-state”? The question ushers us into a forest of debates concerning the political status, i.e. the necessity and tenability, of the modern form of ligature called nation-state in the current globalizing spirit of politics. Modernity has it that the emergence of this social formation is a response to unencumbered use of freedom in the state of nature that gives way to the atomistic and war-like situatedness of individuals. Sovereignty is thus installed to give an order in a form of a sociopolitical arrangement and therefrom hope for a more viable way being together. By divesting themselves with the unlimited use of freedom, individuals are supposed to voluntarily submit to a power that shall discipline them through the institution of social forms of rewards and punishment that are deemed to be operating in the principles of justice.