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  • UNIVERSITATEA BABE-BOLYAI CLUJ-NAPOCA

    Meta Terra: O entitate politic fr teritoriu

    CONDUCTOR TIINIFIC:

    Profesor univ. dr. Vasile Puca

    DOCTORAND:

    Shaul Kochan

    Cluj-Napoca

    2011

  • Table of Contents

    Abstract

    1. Introduction 8

    1.1 Research Aims and Focus 8

    1.2 Nation State; a Concise Historical Review 9

    1.3 The Role of the Nation State 11

    1.3.1 John Rawls 12

    1.3.2 Robert Nozick 22

    1.3.3 Insights 29

    1.3.4 Nietzsche and the State 31

    1.4 Analysis and Synthesis 33

    1.5 Sovereignty 37

    1.6 Ad Interim Conclusions 50

    1.7 Premises 51

    1.8 The Gap of Knowledge 52

    1.9 Queries 53

    2. The Methodology 55

    3. Reflections on Liberalism, Democracy 60

    and Freedom

    3.1 Preface 60

    3.2 Liberalism and Democracy-Symbiotic relations 61

    3.3 Historicism 69

    3.4 Freedom and Democracy 78

    3.5 The Status of the Contemporary Liberal Individual 84

    3.6 Kants Perpetual Peace Plan 86

    3.7 Conclusion 91

  • 4. Globalization 92

    4.1 Preface 92

    4.2 Discussion 92

    4.2.1The End of History? 94

    4.2.2 Further Discussion 103

    4.3 Conclusion 112

    5. Imagined Communities 113

    5.1 Preface 113

    5.2 Benedict Andersons Theory 114

    5.3 Other References 117

    5.4 Post Modernistic Reflections 120

    5.5 Conclusion 121

    6. The Public Sphere 122

    6.1 Preface 122

    6.2 what is a Public Sphere? 123

    6.3 The Rise and Demise of the Idealized

    Public Sphere 126

    6.3.1 The Rise 126

    6.3.2. The Demise 129

    6.4 Habermas under Crossfire 132

    6.5 Habermas Modifies his Public Sphere Theory 135

    6.6 Critical Comments 138

    6.7 Conclusion 147

    7. Cyberspace; the Phenomenon and Implications 148

    7.1 Preface 148

    7.2 what is the Matter? A Philosophic Glimpse 151

    7.3 The New Home of Mind 156

    7.4 Cyberspace Per Se 160

  • 7.5 Discussion 164

    7.6 Descartes, Cyberspace and Disembodiment 172

    7.7 Where do I Stand? 178

    7.8 Conclusion 183

    8. Cyber Sphere as a Public Sphere 184

    8.1 Preface 184

    8.2 Upgrading Habermas Public Sphere 185

    8.3 Conclusion 190

    9. A Cybernetic Political Entity 192

    (From Revolution to E-volution)

    9.1 Preface 192

    9.2 Why Political? 195

    9.3 Why Meta Terra? 208

    9.4 Hybrid Political Status 213

    9.5 Questions of Intervention and E-ndependence 229

    9.6 Conclusion 239

    10. The Fourth E-State-The Paradigm 240

    10.1 Preface 240

    10.2 Why Fourth E-State? 240

    10.3 Contractualism/Contractual Ethics 244

    10.3.1 Credo 243

    10.3.2 Discussion 248

    10.4 Rationalism 249

    10.4.1 Ad Interim Conclusion 255