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Bruce Robbins, Paulo Lemos Horta, and Kwame Anthony Appiah

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479829682

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479829682.001.0001

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A Cosmopolitanism of Connections

A Cosmopolitanism of Connections

(p.189) 14 A Cosmopolitanism of Connections

Craig Calhoun

NYU Press

Cosmopolitanism as a privileged style of consumerism is not only inaccessible to most—an old complaint that, as we see here, haunts new cosmopolitanisms—but, as Craig Calhoun explains, it is also incapable of engaging with the ethical and political issues that the new global interconnectedness brings in its wake. And cosmopolitanism as a universalistic ethics which asserts our basic moral obligation to other humans can confront differences only as problems. Calhoun asks, shouldn’t differences be seen as opportunities? For him, cosmopolitanisms are plural and particular, “communities of fate” bound together by particular sets of historically grounded relationships and institutions. The key to a robust cosmopolitanism, Calhoun contends, is attention to the specificity of social and historical connectedness.

Keywords:   ethics, connectedness, global interconnectedness

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