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.

  • Indeterminacy

    Indeterminacy

    The Mapped, the Navigable, and the Uncharted

    Jose V. Ciprut

    Interdisciplinary perspectives on the concepts of indeterminacy and indeterminability and the distinctions between the two.

    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 acknowledgement of quantum indeterminacy. But distinctions were 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, contributors from a range of disciplines consider the concept of indeterminacy and a few varieties of indeterminability, with attention to the distinctions between the two phenomena, appropriate approaches for examining both, and the differences vis-à-vis uncertainty, vagueness, and ambiguity.

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  • Democratizations

    Democratizations

    Comparisons, Confrontations, and Contrasts

    Jose V. Ciprut

    A cross-disciplinary examination of democratization, as seen in different attempts at it across the globe.

    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. 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.

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  • Freedom

    Freedom

    Reassessments and Rephrasings

    Jose V. Ciprut

    New interdisciplinary perspectives on the theory and practice of freedom, with field-specific studies.

    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, the contributors reassess and rephrase the conceptualizations and theorizations of freedom and their applicability to daily life. Framed by historical contexts, their field-specific studies help reconcile theory and practice. Their shared and unique ideational framework can be paraphrased in six words, a question mark, and a (muted) exclamation point: Freedom? Beware what you wish for (!).

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  • The Future of Citizenship

    The Future of Citizenship

    Jose V. Ciprut

    Contributors from a range of disciplines discuss the evolving meaning of citizenship, and the possible future of a global “citizenship by voluntary association.”

    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 contributors—writing from the perspectives of anthropology, sociology, psychology, law, history, and other disciplines—examine four modes of citizenship in comparative global context: Differentiated, Divided, Dispersed, and Deterritorialized. The future of citizenship, they argue, may be a worldwide “citizenship by association,” tantamount to a global civic interface.

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  • Ethics, Politics, and Democracy

    Ethics, Politics, and Democracy

    From Primordial Principles to Prospective Practices

    Jose V. Ciprut

    Interdisciplinary discussion of the normative underpinnings of political governance from Ancient Mesopotamia to modern America

    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 responsibilities. As such, it stands at the cross-disciplinary intersection between the practice of democratic citizenship and the exercise of political ethics. Contributors address law and morality in history, from Ancient Mesopotamia and Enlightenment Europe to modern America and the new millennium's scientific and technological transformations; the links among different systems of belief; and complex ethical issues in domestic and international democratic governance in the context of today's globalized world.

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