Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (Issues of Our Time)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 17, 2007 - Philosophy - 196 pages
Kwame Anthony Appiah's landmark new work, featured on the cover of the New York Times Magazine, challenges the separatist doctrines espoused in books like Samuel Huntington's The Clash of Civilizations. Reviving the ancient philosophy of “cosmopolitanism,” a school of thought that dates to the Cynics of the fourth century BC, Appiah traces its influence on the ethical legacies of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Raised in Ghana, educated in England, and now a distinguished professor in the United States, Appiah promises to create a new era in which warring factions will finally put aside their supposed ideological differences and will recognize that the fundamental values held by all human beings will usher in a new era of global understanding.
 

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User Review  - ohernaes - LibraryThing

Appiah traces the history of cosmopolitan ethics to try to stake a course between cultural relativism and value fundamentalism. He does not present clear-cut answers, but believes mutual understanding ... Read full review

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Thoughful, well-reasoned. Nice introduction. Good message, but reliant on good SES. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER The Shattered Mirror
1
CHAPTER The Escape from Positivism I
15
CHAPTER Facts on the Ground
33
CHAPTER Moral Disagreement 4 5
47
CHAPTER The Primacy of Practice
69
CHAPTER Imaginary Strangers 8 7
87
CHAPTER Cosmopolitan Contamination
101
CHAPTER Whose Culture Is It Anyway? I 15
115
CHAPTER The CounterCosmopolitans 13 7
139
CHAPTER IO Kindness to Strangers
155
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Kwame Anthony Appiah pens the Ethicist column for the New York Times, and is the author of the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism, among many other works. A professor of philosophy and law at New York University, Appiah lives in New York.

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