Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers

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Penguin Books Limited, Sep 24, 2015 - Philosophy - 224 pages
This landmark work challenges the separatist doctrines which have come to dominate our understanding of the world. Appiah revives the ancient philosophy of Cosmopolitanism, which dates back to the Cynics of the 4th century, as a means of understanding the complex world of today. Arguing that we concentrate too much on what makes us different rather than recognising our common humanity, Appiah explores how we can act ethically in a globalised world.

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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

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About the author (2015)

Kwame Anthony Appiah is Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He was born in Ghana and educated at Cambridge. His previous work includes My Father's House, Thinking it Through and The Ethics of Identity. He is co-editor of Africana.

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