A second modernity: the cosmopolitan vision of Beck
Instituto de Ciências Sociais - Centro de Estudos Comunicação e Sociedade Universidade do Minho Braga, Portugal
The thinking about the human condition in the modern age allows us to conclude that the modernity project is unfinished. New tools have been searched in order to a new approach of modern ideals. In spite of this, we feel that it is necessary to propose more active perspectives to cope with the modernity challenges.
Ulrich Beck's cosmopolitan vision proposes us the transparent interpretation of the world. In this vision, the differences and oppositions might be understood according to the principle that «the others» are, in their essence, similar to us. The cosmopolitan vision is a more sensitive approach to the to the current world conditions; so, it is able to understand the ambivalences posed by the cultural contradictions of the global age.