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Bruce Robbins, Paulo Lemos Horta, and Kwame Anthony Appiah


Cosmopolitanism is less an ideal than a description. It merely assumes that wherever and whenever history has set peoples in motion across national boundaries, sometimes by force, many of them and their descendants will show signs of divided loyalties and a hybrid identity. Cosmopolitanism should no longer be conceived as singular—an overrriding loyalty to humanity as a whole—but plural. Instead of an unhealthily skinny ethical abstraction, we now have many blooming, fleshed-out particulars. How much do these variants have in common with each other? How much of the concept’s old normative sens ... More

Keywords: cosmopolitanism, internationalism, Liberalism, humanitarianism, postcolonial, rights, Appiah, globality, culture

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781479829682
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479829682.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Robbins, editor
Columbia University

Paulo Lemos Horta, editor
New York University Abu Dhabi

Kwame Anthony Appiah, editor
New York University

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Bruce Robbins and Paulo Lemos Horta

Part I Justice

1 The Cosmopolitanism of the Poor

Silviano Santiago, Translated by Magdalena Edwards and Paulo Lemos Horta

3 Cosmopolitanism Goes to Class

Walter Benn Michaels

4 Utonal Life

Leela Gandhi

Part II Solidarity

6 Afropolitanism

Achille Mbembe, Translated by Paulo Lemos Horta

7 Cosmopolitan Exchanges

Elleke Boehmer

Part III Power

12 Cosmopolitan Prejudice

Paulo Lemos Horta

Part IV Critique

Part V Spaces


Kwame Anthony Appiah