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

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W. W. Norton & Company, Mar 1, 2010 - Philosophy - 224 pages

“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.
 

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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

The Shattered Mirror
1
The Escape from Positivism
13
Facts on the Ground
33
Moral Disagreement
45
The Primacy of Practice
69
Imaginary Strangers
87
Cosmopolitan Contamination
101
Whose Culture Is It Anyway?
115
The CounterCosmopolitans
137
Kindness to Strangers
155
Acknowledgments
175
Notes
177
Index
183
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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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