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The Ideology of Universalism: La Ideologia del univeralismo
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2007-3736
2010 (English)In: New Left Review, ISSN 0028-6060, E-ISSN 2044-0480, no 63, 115-126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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El universalismo no es hoy únicamente una aspiración ética. Tampoco es simplemente una convicción religiosa o un principio epistemológico; es, en realidad, la ideología dominante de nuestro tiempo. Se ha convertido en un objetivo político explícito, implementado en nuestros días bien mediante urnas electorales, bien mediante acuerdos comerciales, bien en los tribunales internacionales de justicia, o mediante las denominadas intervenciones humanitarias o la distribución de ordenadores portátiles en las escuelas africanas. ¿Por qué tiene esta idea hoy tanta importancia? ¿De dónde proviene la urgencia de afirmar o negar, de apoyar o de poner en cuestión la existencia de verdades, valores o derechos universales? La idea de universalismo ha devenido un significante supuestamente autoevidente, pero, sin embargo, como veremos, disponemos de otra noción de universalidad que funciona contra esta ideología.

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Universalism today is not just an ethical aspiration. Nor is it simply a religious conviction or an epistemological principle; it is, rather, the dominant ideology of our time. It has become an explicit political aim, implemented now by voting booths, now by trading agreements, in international courts of justice or so-called humanitarian interventions, or through the distribution of laptop computers to African schools. Why is this idea now of such paramount importance? Whence the urgency to affirm or deny, to support or question, the existence of universal truths, values or rights? The idea of universalism has become an apparently self-evident signifier, yet, as we shall see, there is another notion of universality that works against this ideology.

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Sevilla: Ediciones Akal , 2010. no 63, 115-126 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-60626OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-60626DiVA: diva2:358110
Available from: 2010-10-20 Created: 2010-10-20 Last updated: 2017-12-12

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