Cosmopolitanism by Kwame Anthony Appiah
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“A brilliant and humane philosophy for our confused age.”—Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell


Drawing on a broad range of disciplines, including history, literature, and philosophy—as well as the author's own experience of life on three continents—?Cosmopolitanism? is a moral manifesto for a planet we share with more than six billion strangers.
 

About Kwame Anthony Appiah

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Kwame Anthony Appiah, the president of the PEN American Center, is the author of The Ethics of Identity, Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy, The Honor Code, and the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism. Raised in Ghana and educated in England, he has taught philosophy on three continents and is currently a professor at Princeton University.
 
Published March 1, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 224 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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In a world more interconnected than ever, the responsibilities and obligations we share remain matters of volatile debate. Weighing in on a discourse that includes both visions of "clashing civ

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Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers by Kwame Anthony Appiah 196pp, Allen Lane, £16.99 Prehistoric hunter-gatherers encountered fewer people in a lifetime than we would on a single day walking down New York's Fifth Avenue.

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Amid the good and bad of globalization, the author parses some basic cultural-philosophical beliefs—drawing frequent examples from his own far-flung multicultural family as well as from impersonal relationships of exchange and power—to focus due attention on widespread and unexamined assumptions ...

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Spirituality & Practice

regard all the peoples of the earth as so many branches of a single family, and the universe as a state, of which they, with innumerable other rational beings, are citizens, promoting together under the general laws of nature the perfection of the whole, while each in his own fashion is busy with...

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Ben Casnocha

Trade, then, bears diversity from this sameness because so many cultural producers emphasize difference (either for intrinsic — identity — purposes or for the extrinsic fruits of diversity).

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Ben Casnocha

On the positive side, we get a lot of generalities: it's important to talk with people from other cultures, to maintain mutual respect, to learn about other ways of life, and most of all — his favorite phrase, which captures the modesty of his proposals — we need the curiosity inherent in a parti...

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The Oxonian Review

In this respect, what Appiah calls ‘rooted cosmopolitanism’ is not far off from the multiculturalism of choice and freedom preferred by Sen. Cosmopolitanism continues the broad project of The Ethics of Identity, but, unlike the latter, it is not so much a treatise as a fusion of philosophical ar...

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