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Jose V. Ciprut

Jose V. Ciprut is a social systems scientist and an international political economist. His expertise is in national development, regional security, international relations, and the global political economy. As independent scholar and seminar director, he is the convening editor also of The Art Of The Feud: Reconceptualizing International Relations, and Of Fears And Foes: Security and Insecurity in a Globalizing International Political Economy.

Titles by This Editor

Comparisons, Confrontations, and Contrasts
Edited by Jose V. Ciprut

Democracy is not in steady state, and democratizations are open-ended processes; they depend on structures and functions in systemic contexts that idiosyncratically evolve in tone, tenor, direction, and pace over time. They affect and are affected by scores of determinants, both perceived and hypothetical. In interlinked chapters that span a number of disciplines, this volume reexamines the basic traits, the comparable outcomes, and the self-defining dynamics of some of the more widely attempted versions of democracy across the world. It discusses some of the controversies that can speed up or slow democratizations, depending on systemic structures, functions, processes, and contexts at play inside, outside, and across political boundaries. The crucial question these chapters address is whether democratization is possible without an understanding of what is expected from a mode of citizenship inseparable from an ethic of freedom.

From Primordial Principles to Prospective Practices
Edited by Jose V. Ciprut

This volume examines continuities and change in the normative underpinnings of both ancient and modern practices of political governance, public duties, private virtues, and personal rights and responsibilities. As such, it stands at the multi-disciplinary intersection between the practice of democratic citizenship and the exercise of political ethics. Interlinked chapters address law and morality in history, from Ancient Mesopotamia and Enlightenment Europe to modern America; the new millennium's scientific and technological transformations; evolving links among different systems of belief; and complex ethical issues in domestic and international democratic governance, in varying contexts, across today's globalizing world.

Reassessments and Rephrasings
Edited by Jose V. Ciprut

Some philosophers conceive freedom as a state; others view it as an ideal. A songwriter sees it as a way of life: "Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free." The embattled statesman and the political idealist perceive causal links among personal freedoms, societal democracy, and global peace. In this cross-disciplinary volume, interlinked contributions reassess and rephrase the conceptualizations and theorizations of freedom and their applicability to daily life. Framed by historical contexts, the field-specific studies offered help reconcile theory and practice. The unique ideational framework reflected in this book can be paraphrased in six words, a question mark, and a (muted) exclamation point: Freedom? Beware what you wish for (!).

The Mapped, the Navigable, and the Uncharted
Edited by Jose V. Ciprut

Formal thinking about certainty/uncertainty gained greater focus in scientific domains with the advent of particle physics and quantum mechanics. Concern with the exact predictability of events under guidance from scientific determinism led to speculation, then, to acknowledgment of quantum indeterminacy. But distinctions remain to be made between what is physically indeterminate out there and what is indeterminable by human observation or in human action—over here, on the inside, right now. The implications of these insights into indeterminacy and indeterminabilities for practical and theoretical knowledge span physics, philosophy, ontology, causality, and the philosophy of mind. In this book, cross-linked contributions from a range of disciplines consider the concept of indeterminacy, along with varieties of indeterminability, with attention to the nature, quality, distinctive implications, and consequences of each of these phenomena; to appropriate approaches for examining both; and to differences vis-à-vis uncertainty, vagueness, and ambiguity, especially where emergent adducts affect and complicate identification, choice of approach, and "remedial" action if necessitated.

Edited by Jose V. Ciprut

The ongoing expansion in the field of citizenship studies is one of the most important and remarkable recent trends in social sciences and humanities research. Some scholars raise questions about citizenship within a larger critique of liberalism and its institutions; others point to citizenship's inherently exclusionary nature. This volume examines—without advocating any ideological agenda—the evolving meaning of citizenship, with an eye to the future. The connected contributions—from the perspectives of anthropology, sociology, psychology, law, history, and other disciplines—examine four basic modes of citizenship in comparative global context: Differentiated, Divided, Dispersed, and Deterritorialized. The future of citizenship may, it is argued, come to rely on a global mode of "citizenship by association," tantamount to a worldwide civic interface.