Brian Milstein's »Commercium«
Brian Milstein publishes his book »Commercium: Toward a Critical Theory from a Cosmpolitan Point of View« »Diogenes the Cynic is said to have coined the term ›cosmopolitan‹ when he refused to identify himself with any place of origin, instead proclaiming himself to be a ›citizen of the world‹«
Like Diogenes, who refused to identify himself with any particular community or its traditions, Brian Milstein refuses to think inside the traditional box for thinking about community, combining critical theory with cosmopolitan thinking to radically critique our ordinary conceptions of society.
A true »citizen of the world« in the Diogenesian spirit, Milstein has resided in many places. Born in Florida, he studied political theory at the New School for Social Research in New York, where he received his Ph.D. with a dissertation entitled »Commercium: Toward a Critical Social Theory of the Cosmopolitan«—the basis for his newly published book. Chairing his dissertation committee—which included Rainer Forst—was Nancy Fraser, who served not only as a mentor to Milstein but supported and encouraged him to stay on his journey and see the project through to publication. Supported by fellowships at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, and Goethe Universität Frankfurt, Milstein made his way from New York, to Berlin, to Paris and finally to Frankfurt to join us at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften in Bad Homburg. His stay at the Forschungskolleg—an institute for advanced studies of Goethe Universität—provided him the beneficial environment needed to complete the book in 2015, where he profited from the input and collaboration of the other fellows.
Building upon the book’s achievement, Brian Milstein is embarking on a new project, »Crisis Consciousness, Political Community, and Transnational Justice«.
We are all eagerly looking forward to it.
Commercium: Toward a Critical Theory from a Cosmopolitan Point of View, London: Rowman & Littlefield International 2015.
(FKH - 11.04.2016)
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