Cosmopolitanism and Beyond: Towards Planetary Realizations

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"Ethical cosmopolitanism refers to our belonging to the world in terms of some duties and obligations. For the Stoics we are not just members of our city states but citizens of the world. However, this does not mean building a world state. As Nussbaum helps us understand: 'The point is more radical still: that we should give our first moral allegiance to no mere form of government, no temporal power. We should give it instead to moral community made up by the humanity of all beings' (Nussbaum, 1997: 8). This does not mean abandonment of local affiliations but realization that as human beings we are 'surrounded by a series of concentric circles' (ibid.: 9). Stoic cosmopolitans acknowledged the divisive role of politics and challenged us to develop 'empathetic understanding whereby we come to respect the humanity of our political enemies' (ibid.). 'A favoured exercise in this process of world thinking is to conceive of the entire world of human beings as a single body' (ibid.: 10). Stoic cosmopolitanisms were also concerned with peace and they took 'cosmopolitanism to require certain international limitations upon the conduct of warfare' (ibid.: 11)." (p. 471)


Apart from this idealism of cosmopolitanism to envision "a perpetual peace", however, what are the issue of cosmopolitanism? What "multiple of transformations" and challenges it is confronted with? Dr. Ananta Kumar Giri will discuss these two important and interesting questions in our monthly discussion that will be held on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in BA Building Room 211. Please register by sms to +62 85658797587 using format REG IMD#11_NAME_INSTITUTION. Thank you!