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Tracing Global Democracy by Vladimir Biti

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6 Interiorizing the Exteriority: The Cosmopolitan Authorization of the Theoretical Truth

The shortest possible definition of theory might read “an eye-opening affair with someone beyond our familiar world.” As proper insight without the risk of selfestrangement seems to be impossible, theorizing would be a brave act. Yet it is not necessarily a deliberate undertaking. Displacement into the amazing area “beyond the boundary,” initially resonating with pulse-quickening and adrenalin-increasing associations, can sometimes mean the most desperate emigration or exile uncoupled from any eye-opening intention. Despite the much-trumpeted cognitive benefits of border-crossing, émigrés and exiles, if they had the choice, would probably prefer, however ...

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