Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers



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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W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date
February 01, 2007
5.5 X 0.6 X 8.2 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Kwame Anthony Appiah, who has been president of the PEN American Center, is the author of The Ethics of Identity, Thinking It Through: An Introduction to Contemporary Philosophy, The Honor Code, and the prize-winning Cosmopolitanism. Raised in Ghana and educated in England, he has taught philosophy on three continents and is currently Professor of Philosophy and Law at New York University. Professor Appiah writes the "Ethicist" column in the New York Times Magazine.


A welcome attempt to resurrect an older tradition of moral and political reflection and to show its relevance to our current condition.--John Gray
Elegantly provocative.--Edward Rothstein
[Appiah's] belief in having conversations across boundaries, and in recognizing our obligations to other human beings, offers a welcome prescription for a world still plagued by fanaticism and intolerance.--Kofi A. Annan, former United Nations secretary-general
[Appiah's] exhilarating exposition of his philosophy knocks one right off complacent balance.... All is conveyed with flashes of iconoclastic humor.--Nadine Gordimer, winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature
An attempt to redefine our moral obligations to others based on a very humane and realistic outlook and love of art.... I felt like a better person after I read it, and I recommend the same experience to others.--Orham Pamuk, winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature
Cosmopolitanism is... of wide interest--invitingly written and enlivened by personal history.... Appiah is wonderfully perceptive and levelheaded about this tangle of issues.--Thomas Nagel