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The ethics of cosmopolitanism

April 8th, 2015

Episode 136 of 559 episodes

Are you a cosmopolitan? This ancient concept that we should aspire to be citizens of the world is in fact not about travelling the globe. It’s about being curious about other cultures and about being open to accept differences. Cosmopolitanism has become one of the most pressing issues in modern ethics and political thought: If globalization has become the condition of modern society what are the implications for ethical action? Renowned philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah explores the ethics of cosmopolitanism.

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