Title: Modernity Out of Joint: Global Democracy and Asian Values in Jürgen Habermas and Amartya K. SenAuthor: Emanuela FornariSeries: Contemporary European Cultural StudiesImprint: The Davies Group, Publiherssoft cover230 pp.USD 24.00 ISBN 978-1888570397September 2007In Modernity Out of Joint, our global age is redefined as the time in which modernity has gone “out of joint”. What happens to the traditional and well-established notion of “modernity” when we can no longer rely on a single center of the world? How does our conception of rights change when confronted with the “democracy of others”? Modernity Out of Joint deals with these pressing issues through an acute survey of two widely influential paradigms of contemporary democratic theory: J. Habermas’ discourse ethics and A.K. Sen’s capabilities approach. In both cases, the global challenge represented by today’s claim to an “Asian difference” against the Western canon motivates us to revise some fundamental assumptions of modern political anthropology. At the same time, this challenge invites us to revive the unexpressed potential still latent in the building blocks of Western thought and experience, in view of a renewed multilateral universalism.ContentsIntroductionPart One: Global Cultures, Local Ethics1. Preamble2. Asian Values and Human Rights3. Which Globalization?4. The Glo-cal Paradox5. ‘European Exceptionalism’: Merits and Paradoxes of Weber’s Comparative Approach6. Protestantism and the Confucian EthicPart Two: Modernity and the West’s Self-Understanding: The Discursive Paradigm1. Preamble2. Between Habermas and Weber: ‘Western rationalism’3. Legal medium and social integration4. ‘Logical genesis’ of law5. A defense of human rights6. Beyond individualismPart Three: Pluriversal Justice: Amartya Sen and the Capabilities Approach1. Preamble2. Ethics and economics: beyond the homo œconomicus3. Culture and market4. Self-Orientalism5. The intercultural dimensions of freedom6. The values of development7. Capabilities and eudaimoniaEpilogue: Human Rights, Capabilities and Justice: A Triangular ComparisonBibliographical ReferencesThe AuthorEmanuela Fornari is a researcher in Philosophy at the University of Rome III, where she obtained her PhD. She has published several essays on contemporary European philosophy, political theory and postcolonial studies, and is now at work on a book on the themes of cultural translation and the re-writing of history.