Paulo Lemos Horta provides a novel perspective of cosmopolitanism in the service of empire through the works of the famous Richard Francis Burton, self-described “cosmopolite” and Kwame Anthony Appiah’s prime example of his cosmopolitan imperative to be open to cultural difference. The Victorian explorer, diplomat, and translator considered cosmopolitan experience—his conception of which was somewhat similar to Bender’s—essential to the success of the British Empire, both politically and culturally. Yet, as Horta argues, Burton and his notion of a properly cosmopolitan empire pose problems for Appiah’s cosmopolitanism, for Burton failed Appiah’s second imperative, to recognize the equal respect of reason and moral choice in every human being. Through Burton, Horta suggests the difficulty of disentangling cosmopolitan from counter-cosmopolitan impulses in the context of empire.
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