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Warm, funny, and thoughtful -- Converted me to cosmopolitanism,
This review is from: Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers (Paperback)
Kwame Appiah has a talent for making profound material almost effortless to read. This book tackles the ethics of some of the most important issues of our time, sensitively and fairly -- globalisation, terrorism, commercialisation, multiculturalism, and global justice. Before I read this book I had a hazy idea of something called 'cosmopolitanism' that was 'the opposite of nationalism'. Here the concept is fleshed out in colourful detail, seemingly without the 'western bias' of which liberal academics are often accused. Bear in mind that this is only one 'version' of cosmopolitanism -- there is a whole literature out there, which this book doesn't really plug into at all (Cosmopolitanism: A Philosophy for Global Ethics and The Cosmopolitanism Reader are excellent introductions to this). But it's a beautiful little book, well worth the afternoon it will take you to read it.