Paul Ghils

Doctor in Philosophy, professor emeritus of the Free university of Brussels, He taught language sciences and international relations in Algeria, Gabon, Mexico, Iran and Belgium. From 1985 to 2005, he edited Transnational Associations, the journal of the Union of International Associations (UIA), which also publishes the Yearbook of International Relations), and created the cosmopolitical journal Cosmopolis in 2007. He has published numerous studies at the intersection of philosophy, language science and political science. and the and now edits a terminology and conceptual database on various subfields of international relations, hosted by the European Observatory for Plurilingualism (EOP).

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Cosmopolis A Journal of Cosmopolitics Revue de cosmopolitique       Editorial   François Rastier‘s study is part of a body of research on the controversial issues of colonisation, decolonisation and related themes, such as cultural identity, race and gender. The author provides a critical reading to situate the ideological interpretations and the issues they …

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Editorial   These and other visions of the world evoked many questions that Marcel Comby tackles, from ancient myths and Christian theology to the computerised imagination of our contemporaries, from religious beliefs to scientific findings. He rejects any binary vision that would obscure the inevitable contradictions that such diversity generates.   Alain Santacreu applies a …

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Editorial                                    The articles in this issue address some of the ideological openings and closures of contemporary societies, inspired by the zeitgeist or by the oldest religious doctrines. Marc Luyckx projects himself  into a future which, after the COVID crisis, will challenge human societies and their political leaders with possible economic and financial crises and …

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Presentation Nicole Morgan recounts some of the milestones of a North American presidency that grew out of a real estate world that erects towers to illustrate its omnipotence and, under the guise of adolescent whims, draws on pathological and symbolic tricks to undermine the institutions that its citizens support. Mohammad H. Tamdgidi undertakes to rebuild …

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Editorial   Dag Herbjørnsrud has constantly argued for a global history of ideas, which he illustrates here by rediscovering the original Nahua and Maya philosophies of Mexico and Guatemala, revealed here as a mirror for our era. Thanks to the comparative method, he explores the complexity of their thinking by highlighting their affinities with the …

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Editorial This issue addresses various dimensions of what is now known as “transition”, whose concept has evolved from the designation of the transformation of an imperial order, a change of regime within the state framework or the modulation of interstate relations, to the uncertain construction of an unprecedented planetary order. It aims to reconcile a …

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Cosmopolis Revue de cosmopolitique   2018/3-4   Presentation   Gerardo Ceballos discusses the now well-known phenomenon of the “sixth extinction” of the living world, which is accelerating at the same time as greenhouse gas emissions on the planet continue to increase. He gives a direct account of this, reported from some regions where animal life …

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Cosmopolis A Review of Cosmopolitics   2018/1-2   Presentation   The Universal Declaration of Humankind Rights follows a report written by Corinne Lepage on request of French President François Hollande in June 2015. A final version was presented in September in that same year, which was submitted to the Conference of the States Parties (COP21) …

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Cosmopolis A review of Cosmopolitics 2017/2-3   Introduction   Florian Aumond returns to The Refugee Olympic Team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which can be seen as new case of transnational order. The Olympic banner united a number of athletes irrespective of their nationalities, embodying the emergence of a new category …

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Cosmopolis A review of Cosmopolitics   2017/1 Introduction   Thomas More’s famous Utopia has evoked for five centuries the idea of a « nowhere » (from from Greek ou “not”, and topos “place”), projected into an imaginary island cut off from the outside world, whose inhabitants live in a wise and happy environment. Overcoming common stereotypes, Nicole …

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Cosmopolis A review of Cosmopolitics 2016/2   Presentation   This issue opens with a comment by Haider Khan on the complex interactions between model capitalism and its historical developments, between the universalist claims of democracy and citizenship and the contradictory modes of production, social formations and political discriminations leading to racist ideologies. Mohammed Taleb emphasizes …

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Cosmopolis A Review of Cosmopolitics   2016/1   Presentation   Between the legal order observed by René-Jean Dupuy and his description of a possible Terrestrial City, and the tragic events that undermined the notion of a common humanity in 1915, Florian Aumond examines the symptoms of an emerging […] awareness of human destiny. René-Jean Dupuy’s …

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Editorial Dominique de Courcelles et Paul Ghils This issue addresses the general concept of “spirituality” as it appears in various cultural contexts and timeframes, through contrasting ideological views. Without necessarily going back to artistic and religious remains of primitive men, which unquestionably show pursuits beyond the biophysical dimension and illustrate practices seeking to unveil the …

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A critique of surveillance Presentation Paul GHILS Cosmopolis welcomes Philippe-Joseph Salazar as a guest editor of this special issue, devoted to the theme of “surveillance” in its varying forms and perceptions across the world. The current upsurge of surveillance policies and, to a minor extent, of defensive movements to limit their expansion, appears to parallel …

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Presentation Paul GHILS This issue features a couple of papers on the concept of « anthropocene », which has been coined to name the increasing impact of human activities on the global environment. Its significance is so great that some scientists have proposed that a new […] geological era has begun. For their part, social scientists have …

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